Wapato Lake Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tacoma, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.0 miElevation gain19 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakePartially pavedWildflowers
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Wapato Park lies in a beautiful setting of lake and forest and is one of the most urban parks in the city. Visitors can enjoy display gardens, a walking trail around the lake (.9 miles) and an impressive, historic pergola. WAPATO ANNUAL GARDEN The historic pergola, a crescent-shaped arbor with an open roof and tall columns, has lent a hint of Italian garden to this South End park's main entryway since 1938. The structure was restored in 2001 and serves as the backdrop for year-round seasonal color. Flower baskets hang from beams encircled by rows of blooms. WAPATO PICNIC SHELTERS Three areas are available inside the park: Wapato Park Kiwanis Picnic Shelter Wapato Park Main Picnic Shelter Wapato Park Pavilion The Kiwanis and Main shelters are reservable for the months April-September. Reservations may be made up to 365 days in advance. During all other months they are free to use and are available on a first-come first-served basis. WAPATO DOG PARK Wapato features three fully fenced areas for pets to romp leash free with their owners - including one reserved just for small dogs. Water, benches and shelters are provided on-site.

Parking is just to South of the entrance trafic circle: Paved parking lot.

4702 S 19th St Tacoma, WA 98405 (253) 305-1000

From I-5 in Tacoma, WA: Take exit 130 for So 56 St- 0.2 mi Keep left at the fork, follow signs for S 56th St E- 0.2 mi Keep right at the fork, follow signs for So. 56th St E and merge onto S 56th St- 0.6 mi Turn right onto S Sheridan Ave Destination will be on the right- 1 min (0.6 mi) 6500 S Sheridan Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

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Debbie Honeywell
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WalkingGreat!

Short but very pretty trail around the small lake. Easy for beginners and lots to see. It was a bit crowded but how can one stay inside on a sunny day like this? 60+ degrees and a mild breeze; wonderful!

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Nope I’m not sorry
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WalkingGreat!

Great for a quick nature stroll. Walking around the lake is peaceful.

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Christian Kono
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Sara David
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WalkingGreat!

Great for a quick morning or afternoon walk.

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Tessa Asato
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WalkingGreat!

It’s a nice park to go for a brisk easy walk! Not too crowded, mostly families, joggers, and senior citizens getting their fresh air activities on! Nice view of the lake and fun to look at birds.

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Christian Kono
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angelina garcia
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i don’t appreciate how there is a photo on this one of a homeless person. its extremely disrespectful i don’t care if its “informing us” pls do better.

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Chloe Dahl
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Hiking

Very nice, easy. Not crowded

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Mykayla Mandigo
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Matt Harvill
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Mountain biking
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Dean Browning
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Jackie Judd
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Hiking

nice, sunny, clear day with a brisk breeze to cool me off.

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Ryan De Casas
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Quiet trail with some great views of the lake. Bit of trash around but that’s to be expected because people suck.

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Kirk Poindexter
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Roscoe P. Coldchain
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Walking

Easy trail and also close to a nice off leash dog park. This is another frequent spot of ours.

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Kate Allison
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Hiking

Quiet. Very pretty.

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Super Scaife
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WalkingGreat!

Wonderful place. Love it, just wish people would respect the park, other's, the environment and the law and not smoke. There hasn't been a time I've been there when there wasn't smokers, despite no smoking signs everywhere

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Dane Gainey
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Fishing

Easy paved park trail. Can hear the freeway the whole time. Tried fishing but got no bites except from a turtle.

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Frank Perez
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Hiking

Nice when not crowded. Always a go to and is close by. Nice dog parks

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Dakota Marie
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Walking

Easy paved trail. Family and dog friendly. Parking lot was still closed due to covid but playground appears to be open??

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Robyn Lyn
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Walking

Its a good paved walking Path. Very family Friendly, its nice to look at the little lake/pond with ducks, birds and turtles. Always see turtles which is cool. does get quite a few people and can bike, skate on path as well. Good in the city scenic walk way.

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Curvie Hawkins
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Clean and busy community trail around a lake. Expect to see plenty of furry friends walking their owners.

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A K
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Nice family friendly!

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Janet Kumar
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Very nice short, paved trail around lake. Beautiful scenery and wildlife viewing of birds, turtles, ducks etc..

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christy hill
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it's an ok walk. the long bridge over a swampy area is cool.

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Ashley Nichole
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Hiking

Decent trail for a quick walk, dog friendly on leash. You walk around a pretty like, has some Lilly pads with flowers.

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Ronald Yeager
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Hiking

good short little walk. brought the dog and she enjoyed it as well.

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Erin Hilburn
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Walking

Lovely walking trail. Our 18 month kiddo did the whole loop. It was paved an easy for him. He was able to observe several ducks, red winged blackbirds, and ravens interacting with one another, which he enjoyed. I wouldn't classify it as hiking, but a lovely place for the family to spend a little time. Very well maintained, very beautiful.

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Alex Shorthose
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Hiking

Beautiful day, paved loop, cute little kids park!

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Lisa Kissinger
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Walking

good place to walk dog and has really good dog park :)

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