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're a sea kayaker, play in the 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.
  • 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

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Dec 6, 2020
No Prerequisites
3 participants 4 chaperones
Registration closes Dec 4
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

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

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Feb 7, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants 4 chaperones
Registration closes Feb 5
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Mar 7, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants 4 chaperones
Registration closes Mar 5
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

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

Gear Practice Day - Owen Beach

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
6 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Jan 15; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch

Gear Practice Day - Owen Beach

Backpacking Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking
Learn how to pack your gear before hitting the trail.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Jan 15; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch

Gear Practice Day - Owen Beach

Backpacking Lecture: Introduction to Backpacking
Learn how to pack your gear before hitting the trail.
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
No Prerequisites
6 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Mar 30
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

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 11, 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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  • Owen Beach
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