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Five Mile Drive & Trails

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    • Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
    • Trail / Hard
    • Viewpoint

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.

Five Mile Drive is closed to vehicle traffic every Saturday and Sunday until 1 pm and Monday thru Friday until 10 am to provide the opportunity for pedestrians, runners and cyclists to enjoy this forest experience free from conflict with motorized vehicles.

Parking to the area that is closed is along the road edge at various locations.

The Five Mile Drive inner loop and all the Park’s attractions including the Pagoda, Zoo, Owen Beach, Point Defiance Marina, Fort Nisqually, Off Leash Dog area and the Botanical Gardens are all accessible to vehicles during the times the outer loop is closed, providing all visitors an opportunity to enjoy attractions, the natural forest and beach experience.

Where is the outer loop of Five Mile Drive?

Point Defiance Trail Map - Outer Loop Marked
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All trails are foot traffic only. There are no trails in Point Defiance Park designated for biking.

  • 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

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.

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Point Defiance Park Trail Map

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)

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