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22 days ago

Nice easy, flat walking trail. Beautiful creek with logs to cross. We had fun on the many off shoot trails, but the trail itself is not marked so it's easy to get turned around in there but as long as you stay on a trail you will find your way out because the trail head is also the exit. It definitely is like a "maze" as another hiker noted in their remarks. We did see a spot where it looked like someone transient had been staying out there.

I loved this one! My 10 year old and myself enjoyed it very much. The view is incredible! Take water and allow 1 hour to walk it. It’s worth it. What a great memory for both of us!

Great early morning hike before all the zoo-goers take up parking. You get to see beautiful mossy trees and the sound. You can also stop by the park gardens and check out the flowers. Easy hike and would be great to take kids to.

Decent exit from the city, but not well marked for what it is. In some parts, you can hear the cars so it makes it hard to actually experience the exit of city Life. Great for a day away in the city when you can't go far.

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...

I really enjoyed this trail! Great spot for kids!

1 month ago

It’s amazing how you can be right in the middle of Tacoma and be able to “escape” to a beautiful nature walk that just rejuvenates you. So beautiful in the springtime seeing turtles, birds, chipmunks, ant hills, flowers, raspberries, etc and large wooded area. We love this walk or run for anytime of day. Beautiful, fun park for the kids too.

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 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.

1 month ago

First time here with the family. Right off a busy street in Parkland,WA. Easy walking trail. Half way through the walk you can see a creek, a pond and a few houses. Pretty scenery with a lot of trees. You can hear cars driving by on a few parts of the trail. I also saw pieces of clothes and a tarp scattered in the bushes. I believe transients sometimes sleep in the forest overnight. Please be aware that although there are POSTED RULES FOR KEEPING DOGS ON LEASH some dog owners let their dogs off leash here. Just walking along the trail a dog runs up to my daughter and she got nipped in the hand by a Great Dane and enough to draw blood. I regret not having my pepper spray with me. We had to call authorities for this incident. Other than that, the trail is easy, flat and somewhat scenic, but with some dogs off leash and clothing debris in the bushes we won’t be back. To those that want to try it out, my word of advice is to carry pepper spray for protection against unruly off leash dogs on the trail.

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!

trail running
1 month ago

The trail itself was perfect… Absolutely no complaints. My issue is my lack of planning and some of the characters that exist on the planet.

The first issue is that I started around 1600 and by that time the tide started to rise so access along the beach was difficult. I had to turn around about an eighth of a mile from the end because there was zero access unless I wanted to swim. The perfect time to go on this hike is between 1000 and 1400 when the tide is low.

Second issue was this complete narcissistic douche bag who wanted to sit naked on the beach while everybody walked by him. When he was questioned by a mother with her children he started to talk pretentiously saying that he was in his right and that she should not be bothered with nudity. When he did some subtle insults to her, I spoke up and he instantly shut his mouth. When she threatened to call the cops he got up and he had a plastic cup around is junk… But it wasn’t a cup as in sports, it was a plastic dick shaped cup that fit around his junk. This dude was simply pretending to be nude to get attention… and when he got the attention he wanted he pretended like other people had a problem. I detest pretentious, narcissistic hipsters that feel like the world needs to evolve around them rather than them just showing decency for the culture there in.

my kids, dogs, and I walk this Trail all of the time. They love to hunt for painted rocks here, and dinosaurs. ;-) there is a nice creek and waterfall. I would not recommend getting in the water. I believe they even have signs up about it. But there is a cool bridge and it is far more than a loop. It's more of a maze. Going any direction will pretty much lead you to the same place because all ends except for the front are blocked off. however, this is spanaway. So bring some sort of protection, just in case some weirdo is hiding back there. I've never had anything happen, but I've heard some stories.

The view was beautiful!! This was very easy and satisfying. The traffic noise didn’t bother me. I have really good earphones. So I was left just enjoying the walk and view!!

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.

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.

Sunday was a beautiful day for a quiet low impact family walk. Breseman is just over 1 1/2miles. There's a flowing creek that we enjoyed crossing by balancing on logs and the walk is pretty shaded with a canopy of mature trees. Our 9 year old daughter enjoyed climbing the rock mountain. Parking was free and convenient to the trail at Sprinker.

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

Good trail that is conveniently located for a last minute afternoon walk. Easy trail.

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

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

I hiked this trail today, although, I didn't use this app today. nice hike

4 months ago

Easy and exciting for the eyes and heart.

nature trips
5 months ago

The trail is not paved but easy for children. It’s a great learning experience for all ages since there’s a wonderful nature center with fun activities on the site. There’s a really nice play area too for the kids to play on. Great place for educational learning about ponds, watershed animals, water cycle and nature outdoors.

5 months ago

Such a beautiful trail my girls loved wadding in the creek and it’s an easy path for toddlers. We really enjoyed this trail. There’s also some big boulders for climbing with the older kids near the entrance. A great place for a family day outdoors.

5 months ago

This is a great little hike on an unpaved trail. It was really beautiful, especially along side the creek. Parking lot is at Sprinker, we actually passed by it, so keep a look out as the entrance is right next to the big parking lot near the woods. We did this trail on a Sunday and it was not busy at all. There is another walking area almost right across the street at Spanaway Lake, it is a paved trail and since we were there we decided to do both. So glad we did bc I had no idea that Spanaway Lake was that big! Super fun day and do both trails!

trail running
5 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.

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

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