Point Defiance Park

A city park in Tacoma with many options for walks of varying distance and elevation gain. Enjoy blooming rhododendrons in April and huckleberries in August through September.

INFORMATION for leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • Land Manager: Point Defiance Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 30
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Shilshole Bay to Commencement Bay No. 18474
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Oct 6, 2019
No Prerequisites
24 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Oct 4
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Nov 10, 2019
No Prerequisites
23 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Nov 8
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Dec 8, 2019
No Prerequisites
24 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Dec 6
Tacoma Branch

Tacoma Pioneers Youth Activity - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Pioneers
A fun, easy-paced hike for Pioneers families.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Dec 28, 2019
No Prerequisites
14 participants
Registration closes Dec 26
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jan 5, 2020
No Prerequisites
23 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Jan 3
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Feb 9, 2020
No Prerequisites
24 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Feb 7
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Mar 8, 2020
No Prerequisites
24 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Mar 6
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Apr 5, 2020
No Prerequisites
23 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 3
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, May 10, 2020
No Prerequisites
24 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes May 8
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jun 7, 2020
No Prerequisites
24 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 5
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jul 5, 2020
No Prerequisites
23 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 3
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Aug 9, 2020
No Prerequisites
23 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Aug 7
Tacoma Branch

Adventure Activity - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Let's get adventurous! Mini Mountaineers will experience climbing, hiking, playing in the snow, and more!
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Aug 22, 2020
No Prerequisites
24 participants 10 chaperones
Registration closes Aug 20
Tacoma Branch

Tacoma Pioneers Youth Activity - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Pioneers
A monthly activity that allows the Tacoma Pioneers to practice new skills.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Aug 22, 2020
No Prerequisites
19 participants
Registration closes Aug 20
Tacoma Branch
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