Point Defiance Park


Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Enjoy the splendor of scenic Point Defiance Park, one of the largest city parks in the country, hiking a loop on the longest trail in the park, with multiple views of Puget Sound enroute, and lunch at covered picnic tables at beautiful Owen Beach.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 300 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 mph

Meet at 9 AM in the parking area along the road between the tennis courts and the duck pond by the Pearl Street entrance to the park, reached by taking the Sixth Ave/Pearl St. exit from SR 16 and heading north on N Pearl Street to the end of the street.  No admission fee or parking pass is required.

Point Defiance Park is one of the jewels of the Puget Sound metropolis, allowing us to hike close to home through an enchanted forest past multiple scenic views of Puget Sound.  Our Owen Beach lunch spot provides us covered picnic tables ner restrooms with a panoramic view toward Vashon Island, Brown's Point and the Port of Tacoma.  Restrooms will be available at multiple points during the hike.


Point Defiance 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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