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



Field Trip - Hiking - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Day Hiking Youth activity: Tacoma Mountaineers Summer Camp
Summer Camp field trip to go on a day hike in the park, and play
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Jul 12, 2019
No Prerequisites
5 participants 5 instructors
Registration closes Jul 10
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jul 13, 2019
No Prerequisites
16 participants 9 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 11
Tacoma Branch

Field Trip - Hiking - Point Defiance Park

Day Hiking Youth activity: Tacoma Mountaineers Summer Camp
Summer Camp field trip to go on a day hike in the park!
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Jul 26, 2019
No Prerequisites
2 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Jul 24
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
No Prerequisites
15 participants 9 chaperones
Registration closes Aug 15
Tacoma Branch
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