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
  • 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
Map
5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Shilshole Bay to Commencement Bay No. 18474
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Gear Practice Day - Point Defiance Park

Backpacking Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking
Learn how to load your pack and take a short hike up a steep hill.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants 0 instructors
Registration closed Apr 16
Tacoma Branch

Gear Practice Day - Point Defiance Park

Backpacking Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking
Learn how to pack your gear before hitting the trail.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closed Apr 16
Tacoma Branch

Gear Practice Day - Point Defiance Park

Backpacking Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking
Learn how to use your gear and see other people's gear before hitting the trail.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closed Apr 16
Tacoma Branch

Gear Practice Day - Point Defiance Park

Backpacking Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking
Learn how to use your gear and see other people's gear before hitting the trail.
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closed Apr 16
Tacoma Branch

Gear Practice Day - Point Defiance Park

Backpacking Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking
Learn how to load your pack and take a short hike up a steep hill.
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closed Apr 16
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Day Hiking Trip
Explore one of the largest forested city parks in the USA, on a loop hike
Difficulty: Easy
Tue, Apr 27, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Apr 25
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, May 2, 2021
No Prerequisites
2 participants 3 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 30
Tacoma Branch

CHS Tacoma May Hikes - Point Defiance Park

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, May 2, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Apr 30
Tacoma Branch

CHS Stewardship/Conservation Requirement - Point Defiance Park

Stewardship Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS Stewardship/Conservation Requirement
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jun 5, 2021
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens May 15
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jun 6, 2021
No Prerequisites
2 participants 3 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 4
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jul 4, 2021
No Prerequisites
2 participants 3 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 9
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Aug 1, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants 4 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 30
Tacoma Branch
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Titles

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