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. If you sea kayak, this is a great place to play in the Puget Sound waters just off of Owen Beach.

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.
  • Please use our Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium route/place or our Ruston Way & Waterwalk route/place for trips to those areas.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Sea Kayaking, Urban Adventure, Urban Walking, Trail Running
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy, Sea Kayak I/II
  • 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: 30
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Shilshole Bay to Commencement Bay No. 18474
Trip Reports

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  • Owen Beach
  • Dune Peninsula
  • Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park
  • Dune Peninsula to Owen Beach

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