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 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: 200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 200 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9 AM in the parking area along the one way road between the tennis courts and the duck pond, near the Pearl Street entrance to Point Defiance Park, reached via either Schuster Parkway or SR 16, heading north on Pearl Street to its end.  No admission fee or parking pass is required in Point Defiance Park.  

From the meeting place we will do a five mile clockwise loop hike around the park, with restroom stops at Ft. Nisqually, Gig Harbor Viewpoint and Owen Beach.  We will be hiking through forested areas until lunch time and then conclude the hike walking on the promenade along Puget Sound.  We should be back to the cars no later than 1:30 PM.


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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