Day Hike - Clark's Creek Park


Day Hike - Clark's Creek Park

***A WELCOME TO HIKING HIKE*** These will be winter hikes sponsored by Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking Committee for those who are new to hiking or want to restart hiking. They will be at a slow pace so all can complete! Home of many habitats and local history, this trail is locally known as the Puyallup Loop Trail.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • Pace: 1-2 mph

We will meet near the tennis courts at North Clark's Creek Park in Puyallup. Please be ready to go at 10:00 am.

Parking free, no pass required.

Directions: From Meridian in Puyallup, take 7th Ave SW to approximately 1 1/2 miles. Look for the baseball field. 

***Welcome to Hiking Series***
Get yourself out and on the trails during the offseason by joining the Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking Committee on a series of easy to moderate fall and winter hikes that are focused on beginners. Learn tips, tricks, and strategies from our experienced hike leaders that will help increase your confidence to get outside and enjoy yourself. Hikes will range from 4 to 6 miles in length and will be led at a slower pace that is perfect for beginning hikers. These trips will run from November 2023 through March 2024.

All of these hikes are Leader's Permission Required so that once you notify the leader of your interest we can send you a handout of what you will need to be prepared for the hike itself!  ***Do not ask permission until (add date) and then I will respond to those in the order I receive them.

This area of Puyallup has some interesting history as well as heron rookery with well over 40 nests. 

Route: Our route will take us along the Puyallup Loop Trail along Clark's Creek, up through a forested area. It can be muddy, so hiking boots are highly recommended along with trekking poles, extra layers of moisture wicking clothing and the 10 essentials (see required equipment tab)

Details: This is a fun local hike tucked away in the City of Puyallup that provides some challenging hills for a great short workout. We will hike the Puyallup Loop which has an assortment of environments and includes forest, creeks, habitat restoration sites, a community garden, and a bit of residential to complete the loop. We'll check out the latest new trail along Dead Man's Pond that was built by WTA in March and the newest redirect of a section that will keep us off the road. Read more about this trip here.

Map: A digital map will be provided to participants.


Clark's Creek Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation compass, map (this will be emailed to participants)
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire starter 
  • Shelter
  • Extra food, snacks, warm beverage plus lunch
  • Extra water 1-1.5L
  • Extra clothes, rain gear, moisture wicking base layers, gloves, hat.
  • Boots
  • Trekking poles recommended
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