Tacoma, WA

Point Defiance Park

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Point Defiance is the peninsula just north of Tacoma and Ruston. It’s considered one of the most scenic running spots in the area, with waterfront views, dense forests, and a selection of natural and asphalt paths. One of the most popular routes is the Five Mile Drive road circling the park. This paved one-way street has a wide shoulder that’s perfect for a run of — you guessed it — five miles. Note: hilly!

Another good running option is the Owen Beach Promenade. This concrete and gravel walkway runs from the Port Defiance ferry to the north end of the beach (about 1 mile one-way).  To get the heart rate up, run the stairs at Stairs & Slides near the parking lot, where there’s a series of fun slides enjoyed by all!

ADD-ON: Combine with nearby Ruston Way, a waterfront path that runs for 3.6 miles from Dune Park (just east of Point Defiance) south to Old Tacoma.

Essentials
  • Depends on route chosen. Five Mile Road is the most popular (5 miles, 8 km)
  • Five Mile Road loop is 495 feet (151m)
  • South End: Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, near Old Town; North End: Dune Park
  • Parking lot off N Pearl St.

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Essentials
  • Depends on route chosen. Five Mile Road is the most popular (5 miles, 8 km)
  • Five Mile Road loop is 495 feet (151m)
  • South End: Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, near Old Town; North End: Dune Park
  • Parking lot off N Pearl St.