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Great hike in 90 degree weather. Once you get to the vista a nice breeze comes in, a bench and beautiful views. I’m not saying it was easy getting there and then if you follow alltrails map to the end...... oh my, straight up little path with very loose rocks. Once at the end of trail another beautiful view and picnic tables . Going down smooth but watch for loose rocks as it is steep at times. Seems a lot of people like this area, busy trail but not too bad.

U don't have to drive to the mountains to experience Great Northwest Woods, with panoramic views of the Puget Sound and the Narrows Bridge(s) We saw Bambi, about 20 seals on the point, but don't get too close to the edge! unfortunately no Sasquatch sighting. great family hike for all where you can take your dog, and at least for us within easy reach of home, a great starter hike...

Great hike! I took the Gold Creek trail up, then split off onto the Plummer trail on the way back down. Plummer trail had loose dirt and rocks that made it a bit slick in places. Gold Creek trail was technical in spots but overall a well-marked trail with great views of the San Juan islands. I took the Vista trail at the end and caught a glimpse of Mt. Rainier.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike

Great spot for a quick hike. Trail was well kept & clean. Not crowded like some other hikes. Plenty of free street parking if you don’t have a discover pass. Beautiful view at the top!

This place is so gorgeous! Easy trails, lots of sining birds.

The only thing that could improve this path is if it was paved the whole way.

walking
7 days ago

I read the reviews and hit the trail in the morning. We finished before the crowd began the walk. The walk/hike was beautiful! Definitely going to do this again.

one of my favorite spots close to home.

Went midday on a Saturday in July. Not too crowded and most other hikers had dogs. Easy, level hike. The trail isn’t marked the entire way. Had to use the app’s map/GPS. Make sure your phone is charged. Trail took us through an off leash area which was nice. Beautiful scenery and lookout points, restrooms along the way. You know you’re getting close to a lookout by the smell of pot lol. Otherwise, you’d never know this was right in the middle of Tacoma. Smells like pine and flowers. Beautiful trail.

Beautiful forest.

Nice trail. Better signage/marking may help users know where each trail is. Overall the waterfall trail is slippery yet great to experience! Yellow rope has been placed to help hikers along the edge.

Beautiful trail. So many great look out points of the Puget Sound. I did this with my 14 year old daughter and it took us about 2 hours making lots of stops for pictures.

I'd give this a 5 star, but the bathrooms at the entrance are still closed due to vandalism. I bring my grandkids here often, we love all the trails and especially the center trail on the boardwalk out to the marsh overlook. My granddaughter loves to take pics of the swallows and my grandson just loves the peace and quiet.

Went May, 2017 - was beautiful with lots swallows and some marsh wren along extended boardwalk.

An assortment of trails within the loop. Don’t miss the rhododendron garden, Fort Nisqually, Owen beach (magnificent views of the sound) but be careful, you can literally die if you lose your footing. Steep falls not fenced for the most part. Bring, a lunch! You can easily spend all da here if you are in ‘explore’ mode.

5 stars not given because there was no free beer at the end of the trail!

Keep the app open or take a pic of the map - it can get a little confusing.

Poor signage. But otherwise a nice walk

Seems like it's a good time for this hike. Trail is bone dry aside from some mudholes, which is very different from the running streams crossing it in numerous places over winter and spring (though even then it was still very fun). The temperature drifted towards 80 so it was pretty toasty on the exposed parts of the trail, but in the more densely-forested areas the canopy kept it very comfortable, almost cool. Not too many people on the trail; maybe four total dirtbikes, a handful of bicycles, and no ATVs.

mountain biking
21 days ago

Easy trails to ride for my first time mountain biker (8 yrs old). Agree with others, definitely download the map. We had to rely on our gps to get us back to the trail head.

most fun me and my cousin ever had mountain biking it was a blast and I can't wait to go back

good hike, good chill spots

hiking
26 days ago

The hike was nice enough, but the waterfall is clearly a hangout spot for teenagers, so I would suggest going early in the day when kids are in school. There isn't much room down in front of the falls, so we weren't able to get a good view. We decided to leave when a few of the teens brought out beer; it was clear they weren't planning on leaving anytime soon.

Nice hike you can take your dogs on.

great day hike

great place to enjoy the peace and quite while just outside city limits

Fun little walk through the woods to the water. Can be slippery on the gravel part of the trail.

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike for all ages! The last 500 of trail down to the falls is narrow, but otherwise great.

mostly clean. great for all levels of skill. part is padded floors which is nice on the knees. not well marked easy to get lost. take a pic of the map

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