Dash Point State Park


Day Hike - Dash Point State Park

This is a surprisingly fun hike in the middle of a city; you end up hiking a great route through a preserved forest and enjoy the Puget Sound during lunch. And to believe it is just a few short miles from both Tacoma and Seattle!

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

South Federal Way Park and Ride at 9am.  The South Federal Way P&R is at the following address:  901 S 348th St; Federal Way, WA 98003.  Just take the 142 Exit off of I-5  West on to 348th Street.  Continue on 348th Street, past Pacific Highway (Hwy 99) until you get to 9th Ave S where you will see the P&R on to your left.  Park in the northwest corner or to your left as you drive in the P&R.  We will consolodate in to cars there as needed.  The Dash Point Highlands Park entrance/trailhead is about 10 minutes drive away but may be best to drive to this trailhead with just a few cars.  No special car/vehicle pass is required at this trailhead.


We will do this hike at a pace all are comfortable with.  Should get to the lunch spot around 12 noon with this comfortable pace.  I have done this hike about 1 time a week recently and have started to enjoy watching the spring emerge.  We can enjoy that all together! The lunch will be at a pretty spot on the Puget Sound.  The park has nice toilets available here for all to use.  Additionally, if it is raining there is a  shelter we can use at lunch to get and stay dry.  Hike after lunch will be shorter but includes  going to a small lake where I often see some ducks.  


Dash Point State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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