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

Upcoming Activities

Hiking activity for James Sales Adventure Club - Point Defiance Park

Day Hiking Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - James Sales
Hiking activity for James Sales Adventure Club
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Mar 16, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Mar 14
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Sun, Apr 7, 2024
No Prerequisites
3 participants 4 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 5
Tacoma Branch
Megan Hartness
Qualified Youth Leader

Day Hike - Dune Peninsula to Owen Beach

Day Hiking & Backpacking Trip
Weighted Wednesday Backpack Brigade week 3. Lollipop loop around Dune Peninsula Park and Point Defiance
Difficulty: Easy
Wed, Apr 17, 2024
No Prerequisites
10 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Mar 3
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Owen Beach

Day Hiking Trip
Weighted Wednesday Backpack Brigade week 7. Owen Beach Challenge!
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, May 15, 2024
No Prerequisites
10 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Mar 3
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jun 2, 2024
No Prerequisites
2 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes May 31
Tacoma Branch
Megan Hartness
Qualified Youth Leader

Franklin Pierce HS - Hiking - Point Defiance Park

Day Hiking Youth activity: Mountain Workshop - Franklin Pierce HS
A Hiking adventure for Franklin Pierce HS students!
Difficulty: Easy, Sea Kayak I/II
Sat, Jun 8, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Jun 6
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley

Pt. Defiance Day - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Rock & Ropes 1
On Friday of camp, we will meet at Pt. Defiance and spend the day exploring
Difficulty: Easy, Sea Kayak I/II
Fri, Jun 28, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Jun 26
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley

Pt. Defiance Day - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Climbing Rock Stars
On Friday of camp, we will meet at Pt. Defiance and spend the day exploring
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Jul 5, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Jul 3
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley

Pt. Defiance Day - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Wilderness Week
On Friday of camp, we will meet at Pt. Defiance and spend the day exploring
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Jul 12, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Jul 10
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader

Pt. Defiance Day - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Survivor Week
On Friday of camp, we will meet at Pt. Defiance and spend the day exploring
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Jul 19, 2024
No Prerequisites
1 participant 4 instructors
Registration closes Jul 17
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader

Pt. Defiance Day - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Water Week
On Friday of camp, we will meet at Pt. Defiance and spend the day exploring
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Jul 26, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 5 instructors
Registration closes Jul 24
Tacoma Branch
Sarah Holt
Qualified Youth Leader

Pt. Defiance Day - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Rock & Ropes 2
On Friday of camp, we will meet at Pt. Defiance and spend the day exploring
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Aug 2, 2024
No Prerequisites
1 participant 4 instructors
Registration closes Jul 31
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Aug 4, 2024
No Prerequisites
2 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes Aug 2
Tacoma Branch
Megan Hartness
Qualified Youth Leader

Pt. Defiance Day - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Climbing Rock Stars 2
On Friday of camp, we will meet at Pt. Defiance and spend the day exploring
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Aug 16, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Aug 14
Tacoma Branch
RyAnn Peverley
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  • Owen Beach
  • Dune Peninsula
  • Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park
  • Dune Peninsula to Owen Beach
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