Top Five Places to Hike With Kids In and Around Tacoma!
I couldn’t tell you what week or day we are on during this pandemic but I can tell you that outdoor space has been our saving grace. Below are my top 5 hikes to do with my kids around Tacoma, Washington. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
- Puget Park: 3111 N Proctor St. Tacoma, WA 98407 This is a quick hike with some stairs. If you go to the left at the bottom of the stairs the trail dead ends at a neighborhood and you can walk back on Proctor St. to your car. If you go to the right at the bottom of the stairs it spits you out on Ruston Way. When the stores are open, we like to make a day of it. Stopping at Olympia Coffee and the Metropolitan Market for some special treats as a reward for the kid’s efforts on the hike.
- Hidden Beach Road Trail: Hidden Beach Rd. Tacoma WA 98406 This is a very short hike, roughly .5 miles each way. If you park by the white fencing at the end of Hidden Beach Road and walk along the road, it spits you out along the sound with beautiful views of the Narrows Bridge. We even saw an up close show of an otter flopping out of the water. It was majestic.
- Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Trail: 5361 Yacht Club Rd. Tacoma, WA 98407. This is more of an urban trail but you can’t beat the open paved paths to ride the scooter and bikes along and there are multiple pyramids of stairs that we practice jumping and hoping and running up and down. Our kids always leave tuckered out.
- Sequalitchew Creek Trail in Dupont: 1780 Civic Dr. DuPont, WA 98327 This is a 3 mile out and back trail that challenges my kids. The reward at the end of the hike is that they get to walk under the train tracks and have a endless amount of beach to throw rocks into the water. The kids love looking for crabs under rocks and we even found endless amounts of baby eels.
- Pt. Robinson Lighthouse Trail: 3705 SW Point Robinson Rd. Vashon, WA 98070 This hike is extra special for my kids. Hop on the Ferry from Tacoma to Vashon and drive off on an island adventure. We love going here during the summer when Lavender is in season. One of our favorite Lavender farms, Lavender Hill Farms, has a U-pick area and yummy Lavender lemonade to enjoy. This is a relatively quick hike that takes you down to the old lighthouse. When Mt. Rainier is out in all her glory, this spot allows for a breathtaking view.
Please reach out with any questions! I hope you enjoy these quick and family friendly spots! I’d love to hear about your adventures and other spots you like to visit!