GoHike Pacing Hike - Dune Peninsula to Ruston Waterfront

Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series

GoHike Pacing Hike - Dune Peninsula to Ruston Waterfront

This easy waterfront hike, from Dune Peninsula Park to Les Davis Pier on Ruston Way, is intended to help you and the GoHike team determine what pace and challenge level you want to start with in the series.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Pace: 1-1.5 mph

Meet at 10:30AM at the Dune Peninsula Park parking lot - google map location https://goo.gl/maps/22fwwGe5tdxbyLTx8.

Carpooling is not recommended due to the risk of Covid-19.

There are restrooms at the meeting place and at the lunch stop.

No parking pass is required at the meeting place.

This entire hike is along the Puget Sound waterfront, passing first by the redeveloped former site of the Asarco Smelter  and along  Ruston Way to the Les Davis fishing pier by which are restrooms and a snack bar, with picnic tables nearby for us to eat lunch at.  The hike is about two miles each way, all level on a wide asphalt trail.

More information is available on pages  35-40 of Craig Romano's Urban Trails Tacoma book, including a trail map.  A trail map is also available on the Tacoma Metro Parks website.


Ruston Way & Waterwalk

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Footwear should be suitable for walking on asphalt.

Clothing should all be non-cotton and able to be layered to adjust to changing body temperatures.  Rain gear, including a pack cover, should be carried in case it is needed.

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