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Five Mile Drive & Trails

Features You'll Find:
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  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES
    • Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
    • Trail / Hard
  • NATURAL FEATURES
    • Viewpoint
Hours:

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

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Winding through old growth forest, Five Mile Drive offers vistas of Puget Sound, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, Tacoma Narrows and Narrows Bridge, Vashon Island and Gig Harbor.
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Point Defiance Park Trail Map

PRIMARY HIKING TRAILS
All trails are foot traffic only. There are no trails in Point Defiance Park designated for bicycles.

  • Spine Trail - 1.3 miles one way / 2.6 miles round trip
    Rhododendron Garden to Gig Harbor Viewpoint
  • Square Trail - 4.6 miles Outer Loop
  • Triangle Trail - 3.3 miles Inner Loop
  • Rhododendron Garden Loop - .52 miles
    Shelter is 215 ft. from the road
  • Promenade
    - Owen Beach to Marina - .79 miles one way
    - Bath House to west access to Beach - .25 miles one way

SECONDARY TRAILS
There are approximately 4 miles of secondary trails that don't have the same level of signage or maintenance as the primary trails at this time.


DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE
Point Defiance Dont Feed Wildlife Sign Graphic
  • Wildlife can experience malnutrition, disease, and overpopulation due to human feeding.
  • Wildlife often exhibit aggressive behaviors when they become conditioned to expect food from people.
  • Overpopulation is a significant contributor to poor water quality and toxic algae growth, endangering public health and safety.
  • Feeding is illegal and to help curb overpopulation issues, citations will be issued for violations. Feeding carries a $532 penalty. (TMC 8.27.130)

OUTER LOOP CLOSED TO VEHICLES
Five Mile Drive's outer loop is closed to vehicle traffic so that pedestrians, runners and cyclists are able to enjoy this forest experience free from conflict with motorized vehicles.

  • Saturday and Sunday until 1 pm and
  • Monday thru Friday until 10 am
Parking is available along the road edge at various locations.

The Five Mile Drive inner loop and all of the Park’s attractions are all accessible to vehicles when the outer loop is closed.

Where is the outer loop of Five Mile Drive?

Point Defiance Trail Map - Outer Loop Marked
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