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

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Dec 4, 2022
No Prerequisites
2 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes Dec 2
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Day Hiking Trip
Second annual cookie exchange hike!
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Dec 11, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Dec 8
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jan 1, 2023
No Prerequisites
2 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes Dec 30
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Day Hiking Trip
***A WELCOME TO HIKING HIKE*** These will be winter hikes sponsored by Tacoma Hiking and
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jan 7, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Dec 23
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Feb 12, 2023
No Prerequisites
2 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes Feb 10
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Point Defiance Park

Day Hiking Trip
***A WELCOME TO HIKING HIKE*** These will be winter hikes sponsored by Tacoma Hiking and
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Mar 3
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
No Prerequisites
3 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes Mar 17
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Apr 23, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 6 chaperones
Registration closes Apr 21
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy, Sea Kayak I/II
Sun, May 21, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 6 chaperones
Registration closes May 19
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jun 25, 2023
No Prerequisites
3 participants 6 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 23
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jul 30, 2023
No Prerequisites
3 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes Jul 28
Tacoma Branch

Nature Walk - Point Defiance Park

Youth & Exploring Nature Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Weekend meet-up at Pt. Defiance Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Aug 27, 2023
No Prerequisites
4 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes Aug 25
Tacoma Branch
Trip Reports
Titles

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