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Point Defiance Park Trails

Tacoma, WA

Point Defiance Park Trails is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tacoma, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Recent Reviews

on Point Defiance Park Trail...
1 day ago

trail running
1 Completed1 Reviews

on Point Defiance Park Trail...
1 day ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Did it with my 5 year old who was a trooper. She handled the 5.1 miles. Pretty easy with amazing views.

on Wapato Lake Park
3 days ago

walking
4 Completed4 Reviews

The lake is pretty, and the walk is great. The off leashdog park is nice. I take my dog here every weekend and let him run and play with the other dogs. The walk around the lake is easy but can get crowded.

on Swan Creek Park Trail
3 days ago

hiking
4 Completed4 Reviews

The hike over all was ok. Nothing too spectacular, the creek was dried out towards the end. I got lost a lot on this hike, there are a lot of different trails and wasn't sure which way to go. On my way back I ended up on the bike trails. There was shade through the whole hike which made it nice and cool. Probably wouldn't do this one again.

on Point Defiance Park Trail...
3 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

We drove from Seattle. 1 hour drive was more than worth it. Very well kept grounds and Owen beach had a boardwalk that went on for miles. We will for sure come back.
They have:
~Zoo (Point Defiance)
~Playgrounds
~Beach front w/ kayak rentals
~Rose garden
~Botanical gardens
~Trails

on Swan Creek Park Trail
3 days ago

hiking
5 Completed3 Reviews

This trail is poorly maintained, and the construction near the entrance makes it difficult to find the trail head.


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on McKay Marsh Trail
3 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

It was a great hike for a Sunday afternoon with the little one. I just wish it would be designated better where the trail was when you hit the gravel road. Other than that, it was perfect.

on Point Defiance Park Trail...
4 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

such a great place! Woodland trails right in the city. Sound views, cliffs, enormous western red cedars, Myrtle trees. Lots of wildlife. I have seen deer, coyotes, rabbits, raccoons, and lots more. Leave your music at home to experience the birds and nice periods of quiet. An easy but amazing experience for the whole family. And it is FREE!

on Swan Creek Park Trail
4 days ago

hiking
2 Completed1 Reviews

This has been my favorite hike so far. It is absolutely beautiful there. Although my friends and I had a difficult time finding exactly where the park itself was located, and had a hard time finding a good trail. Other than that, loved it. ❤

on Wapato Lake Park
5 days ago

walking
1 Completed1 Reviews

It was pretty. Did see a giant rat tho.

on Point Defiance Park Trail...
7 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Point Defiance Park Trail...
7 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

beautiful trails that everyone can enjoy!

on Puget Park Trail
10 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

A challenging hike back up

on Swan Creek Park Trail
18 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

nice trail, took my 10 year old sons out on a hike last week, and it turned into a trail run. Great terrain and moderate amount of difficulty.

on Swan Creek Park Trail
19 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike. So close!

on McKay Marsh Trail
22 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

This trail is on base, which was not previously indicated by prior reviews or the description. It's very pretty. relatively easy dirt and gravel hiking path. there are a few different entrances. It is a loop, however it drops you off at a gravel road, you have to walk a bit to get back to where the trail picks back up.

on Swan Creek Park Trail
23 days ago

walking
1 Completed1 Reviews

The upper trails hug a neighborhood so I would suggest making the trek down to the creek to avoid any noise pollution while hiking/walking!

on Point Defiance Park Trail...
24 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

loved it