Five Mile Drive & Trails
Beach Trail Closed
The trail to the beach is closed indefinitely due to damage from a fallen tree. (This trail begins at the Mountaineer Tree and ends at the beach. See map below)
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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
- 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.
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
- Monday thru Friday until 10 am (this includes holidays occurring on a weekday)
The Five Mile Drive inner loop and all of the Park’s attractions are all accessible to vehicles when the outer loop is closed.
DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE
- 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)