Dash Point State Park


Day Hike - Dash Point State Park

Enjoy a wilderness experience close to home on a loop hike through scenic Dash Point State Park, with lunch at a picnic table by Puget Sound with nice restrooms nearby.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 200 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9:30 AM at the Highland Park trailhead on SW 324th Pl in Federal Way, reached by taking the S 320th St exit westbound from I-5 and continuing west on 320th to the T junction at Hoyt Road.   Turn left there and then take the first right at SW 325th Way.  Then turn right at 51st Ave SW, which becomes SW 324th Pl.  Park on the street alongside Highland Park.  No parking pass is required.

This hike is designed to allow us to experience about half the 13 miles of trails in Dash Point State Park, while having our trail lunch at a picnic table by Puget Sound with nice restrooms nearby.   Our hiking route is nearly entirely through a forest canopy on an undulating well-maintained loop trail.  Before lunch, we will hike for about 2.5 hours.  After lunch we will hike for an additional hour before returning to the cars.  There will be numerous opportunities for secluded bathroom breaks at trail junctions.  We likely will be back to the cars around 2 PM.  The meeting place was chosen based on safety considerations.


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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