Point Defiance Park


Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Experience the wilderness beauty and spectacular views offered by Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, including the Mountaineers tree, hiking the outer loop trail, with lunch at a picnic table at scenic 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 between the tennis courts and the duck pond just inside the main entrance to the park at the north end of N. Pearl Street in North Tacoma.

This is an easy all-season hike close to home, with scenery rivaling  wilderness hikes.  We will hike clockwise on the outer (longest) loop trail, marked in blue on the park map and on guideposts at trail junctions.  Enroute we will pass Ft. Nisqually and three viewpoints overlooking different parts of Puget Sound, before dropping down to Owen Beach for our lunch at a picnic table by the Sound.  Sheltered picnic tables are available there in the event of inclement weather.  After lunch, we'll return to the cars via the beachfront promenade.  We usually are back to the cars around 1 PM.  There are restrooms near the meeting place (by the duck pond), by Ft. Nisqually, at the Gig Harbor Overlook and at Owen Beach.   No parking pass is required.  Touring the nearby Point Defiance Zoo would be an option after the hike, for those so inclined.  It has an admission charge, but there is no admission charge to enter the park.


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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