Point Defiance Park


Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Join the Tacoma Singles to enjoy the evening daylight on a short loop hike in beautiful Point Defiance Park, with a meal stop at a covered picnic table at scenic Owen Beach, returning to the cars before dark.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 6:00 PM in the roadside parking area  just inside the Pearl Street entrance to the Park, between the tennis courts and the duck pond.  No parking pass is required.  There are restrooms by the duck pond.  

This is a shorter version of the usual five mile loop hike of Point Defiance Park to fit it into the few hours of daylight available after work at this time of the year.  Like the longer hike, we will have our meal stop at scenic Owen Beach, where on a warm day kayakers, beach scavengers, yachts, birds, ducks and a large area of Puget Sound can be viewed from our sheltered picnic table.  The return from there to the cars will be along the promenade. 


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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