Point Defiance Park


Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Join us for this gradual 5 mile loop hike on the outside loop trail in Point Defiance. We will pass through lush forest and multiple viewpoints of the sound.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 mph

Meet at 9am just inside the park.  I'll email participants with the specific location.

My 2 year old daughter will be joining us.  She will be carried, so we will still go at an adult pace.  However, toddlers can be unpredictable, so please be patient if I need to check on her at some point.

This is a gradual hike through the beautiful forest at Point Defiance Park.  We will pass several viewpoints, one of which looks out at the Tacoma Narrows bridges.  I have seen deer, bald eagles, blue herons, raccoons and seals while hiking at this park, so we'll keep our eyes peeled!


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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