Dash Point State Park


Day Hike - Dash Point State Park

LET'S CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY!!! Join the Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking Committee to visit springtime in a beautiful local park. Springtime last year in Dash Point was amazing so come with me this year to visit the beauty of spring.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph


  1. 9am in the South Federal Way Park and Ride; 901 S 348th St., Federal Way, WA, 98003. To get there just get off 142 Exit on I-5 and west on 348th St. for about 1 mile. This P&R is on your left.  But also Google Maps will take you right there.  We can than all caravan to the trailhead if all wish since it is a little hard to find it.  I will be there at about 8:45am in a Silver Honda Fit.  
  2. 9:20am or so at the trailhead that that I use for this hike; an intercity Federal Way Park called Dash Point Highlands Park at SW 326th St & SW 324th Pl, Federal Way, WA 98023.  You can put this in Google Maps and it will come up.

This is an approx 7 mile hike in an urban park but for most of the hike you are not event aware  you are in a city. We hike in the woods for about 5 miles then stop at the Dash Point Park/Puget Sound waterfront for a meal and the view.  Covered picnic shelter available to sit in if raining.  After the stop there is about 2 more miles in the woods but I may shorten this part if raining hard since this is the less interesting part of the hike.  

Also, I know we will see a lot of flowering bushes and some beautiful trilliums along with looking at the PNW trees as they begin to get their leaves.  I can name the trees but am more challenged concerning flowers and flowering bushes. Together we can all just enjoy the beauty since we will be able to see the spring all around us!



Dash Point State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials + 11

  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
  11. Additional information in email to all participants prior to hike.
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