Point Defiance Park


Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Join the Tacoma Singles Activities Committee for a dog-friendly hike through the trails of Point Defiance Park. Following the peaceful hike through the trails, we will walk down the beach to explore the tide pools during a negative tide. Hikers must request the leader's permission to bring a dog.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

This hike will be timed to walk down the beach during a negative tide after walking through the forested trails. We will meet in the parking area in between the Point Defiance Visitor's Center  and the tennis courts at 11 AM


Carpooling is encouraged.  It saves gas, helps us get to know each other, reduces the number of cars at trailheads, and gets rides for those without cars.  It’s up to participants to communicate about and decide how best to share transportation (e.g. choosing meeting places, deciding who shall drive, reimbursement for travel related expenses, etc.).
This hike will move at a slower pace to enjoy the scenery and stay together. 


If you would like to bring your well-trained dog on this hike, please email the trip leader for permission before registering. Dogs must be friendly towards both people and other dogs (in this group and as a part of the general public), and participants will be asked to leave the activity if conflict arises as a result of their dog’s participation. Dog guardians  must abide by LNT principles and keep dogs on leash at ALL times. 


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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