Wapato Lake Trail

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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, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
19 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

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.

nature trips
1 day ago

Such a great view of a cute lil pond with a great trail going around it. Lots of land for a picnic or playing fetch with your dog(s).

15 days ago

Not much to say but this trail… It’s short and pretty, well-maintained and facilities available. I went with my son so deal was is that he would do the trail with me if when we were done, I would take him to the small playground onsite.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful place for a walk. When we went this time last year we saw a beautiful owl in a tree and got some nice pictures of it. It wasn’t too busy either, not a lot of people.

3 months ago

There’s so much to do at this trail. You can walk around the paved trail with kids on their bicycles or skates, or you can hit the more wooded trails and discover more nature scenes. There is a few fun bridges to find and lots of beautiful scenery to “get lost” in. Can’t believe this park is in the middle of Tacoma!

4 months ago

I really like this park and there is more to see than just walking the mostly paved trail around the lake. Take a venture to the white pillars, walk around the beautiful waterfall towards the dog parks. There is a very cool pipeline trail that I had no idea was there and it was very cool to experience.

4 months ago

It’s a nice easy level trail, all concrete, well maintained, family, and dog friendly. Nice view of the small lake, lots of greenery, and lots of places to sit.

5 months ago

nice park

6 months ago

Great place to walk the dog around the lake. There is a nice off leash area for the dogs too

10 months ago

lots of dogs. pretty. running/walking great daily work out

Thursday, February 23, 2017

nice well maintained trail with good volume of users, but trail is wide enough nobody feels like they're 'on top' of one another. look forward to coming back when spring is a little further along and trees and flowers are blossoming

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Very wet on west side. Poor drainage

trail running
Monday, January 09, 2017

Pretty urban wilderness area with a beautiful lake and lots of ducks. Easy trail around the lake with a dog park and off-leash dog trails on the vicinity as well. I ran around Wapato on a sunny afternoon in winter with ice on the lake and ducks walking on water. Not too crowded and everyone I met was friendly. Seems a wonderful dog-friendly place to take a quick run.

Friday, December 23, 2016

I enjoy the walk around the lake even at night- their is such a calm peacefulness. Went for a jog/ fast walk after dark. Did 4 miles. There was a few people out with their dogs, and I brought mine along. I felt safe. I like that the police station is at the entrance off 72nd street. My first time walking here at night.The crisp air filling my lungs felt so good

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Walked this trail many times over the years.Noticed I need to start getting out more - walked 3xs around lake today and 2xs in off leash dog area with my Aussie Amy. Enjoy taking my dogs to the off-leash dog park area. I also like the 2 foot bridges- they are located off away from the main loop around the lake. Just ask and people will point out the path to take to find the foot bridges.Happy Trails!!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

it's ok. Middle of city.
nice park good with kids and dog.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

trail is very easy and great for beginners

Saturday, July 30, 2016

It's a pleasant walk, but can get crowded

Monday, July 25, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It was pretty. Did see a giant rat tho.

trail running
Sunday, June 12, 2016

It was a nice run. Made multiple loops to gain mileage of run. Not very crowded during that afternoon. Would do it again.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

small very nice

Monday, May 09, 2016

I walk this pretty often, usually incorporating the off leash dog park into my walk. On average my walks are about a mile.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Small lake with a lot of garbage. Short paved loop with some offshoot trails.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Wouldn't consider this lake to be a hike, more of a crowded walk. And also a juvenile lake, so couldn't even cast our lines. Pretty though, the park itself is clean. The lake, not so much. Lots of trash build up along the shoreline.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Wonderful park for a short walk along and around a pretty lake and through wooded areas. Also, nice picnic areas, including shelters. Most trails are paved and easy to walk.

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