Explore the most popular trail running trails near Tacoma with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I love this trail through a wooded ravine with a meandering creek and lots of native plants.
I use to tramp through woods like these all the time as a kid. I still love them as an adult. Plus it's less than 15 minute drive to get there.

surprisingly great trail. watch out for stinging nettle tho

beautiful!

walking
10 days 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.

Didnt even get out of my car there was 3 cars with homeless people drying their clothes and one girl laying on the seat with her legs out asleep and i was uncomfortable taking my baby out and also leaving my car there. 

Nice enough trail for being within the city of tacoma. Moderately busy for a Sunday in June. Sign markers for the trail on the western side of the loop aren’t great.

good hike. easy. beautiful scenery and friendly ppl. but please please keep ur dogs on a leash....out of respect for other ppl with dogs. its just plain rude.

We enjoy walking our dog here. Beautiful water views along the way. This last time I got a great close up video of an eagle. We love the beauty here and how conveniently close it is.

trail running
28 days ago

Super cool. Fun to walk around.

This trail is nice. Well maintained and has a beautiful creek at the bottom. There's also different routes to exit off of the trail if you would like to make it shorter.

The inclines are manageable and get the heart rate going. In addition, there are paved roads at the top of the trail that allow you to add distance to your hike.

The one draw back is inconsiderate dog owners who allow their dogs to run free 100s of feet ahead of them. for a person who doesn't like dogs this is very annoying!

But overall one of my favorites!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail for a strong workout and to be in nature. Some parts are very narrow and elevated so falling would be disastrous. I wouldn’t recommend the full trail for little kids, and proper hiking boots are essential.

views are breathtaking. must use ear protection, the high speed traffic is feet away from the barrier

hiking
1 month ago

Went early on a Friday morning. So it was basically empty. Well I was walking, my husband was doing the Mt. Bike section. Which he had fun. They have easy & difficult. But best to come really early for that, since it gets packed.

Beautiful walk along chambers Bay. I have done this several times but I usually run it. This time I walked it with my boy and we had a great time. I see the aesthetics on this trail and he sees everything as a jungle gym. We made the trail a point to point as my I didn’t want to walk along the road for half the trail.

Beautiful views of the Olympic mts and puget sound. Perfect for a leisurely stroll.

They failed to inform you that this park is closed for “upgrading” all the trails are closed and you can’t drive on the bridge. It is all blocked off with fencing. Riddled with homeless people camping since park rangers or the city doesn’t watch it anymore since it closed down. Don’t waste your time.

Wonderful trail, but this is actually called Chambers. Also, it's in University Place, not Tacoma!

hiking
1 month ago

Myself and 3 kids did this hike this morning before the rain hit. The kids loved the bridges and bird watching. The trail isn't really marked but it's obvious. We met many friendly people along the way and felt very comfortable. I'm not in great shape but had no issues in my sneakers. Some parts of the trail are narrow from washouts but still easily traversed. We will be back!

Actually counts as both hiking and biking as we rode the outer loop (but I had to hike some of the hills

on Puget Park Trail

walking
2 months ago

I didn’t know this hike had a name. I always called it “the gulch”. It’s part of my 4 mile loop run that leads out to commencement bay. I do sprint this mile because When female and running alone it can be kinda eerie at dusk; it would seem like a easy place for transients or other mischievous people to hang out. But cool (temp) and nice scenery. If you take it up past the steps that lead to Proctor, it will spit you out on Mason and 35th, I believe.

Easy walk. Views included: Old quarry, the Tacoma Sound, lots of trees and snow capped montains on the west. A small foot bridge extends over the railroad tracks to the "Sound". The bridge includes a small collection of padlocks left by couples in love. There are bathrooms at the start and half way. Lots of dogs and baby strollers on the path. Easy to find.

Gorgeous views and great changes in levels. This will be a regular weekend visit.

The map didn’t match any of the 3 main marked trails nor road. Still a fin hike but map was iseless on this hike

walking
2 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!

Love this trail I do it often. Lots of people come here but it’s still pretty peaceful with great views.

trail running
3 months ago

Very good run and obviously a beautiful view of the Puget Sound. I did this with my son and he enjoyed it as well. Will definitely do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike that I highly recommend with a partner. I don’t recommend single female hikers as some of the people on the trail seem a little shady and a few smoking pot. The trail is an average challenge which is great for beginners and a great trail to practice on. It is a quiet scenic trail, very few people on a weekends and even quieter during the week. I plan on using this trail as my training trail for a big backpack trip this summer. I think the average person will be surprised by all the beauty.

walking
3 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.

Make sure tide is out or you wont make it around the bend

A great hike for the area. There are some hilly areas and stairs. It was beautiful today but I wish I would have brought my walking sticks.

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