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We meet at 11:00 and start our walk by 11:07 or whenever all RSVPs have arrived.
Take N. 30th St. up to Pearl. Turn north on Pearl, and the road will lead you straight into the park. We will enter Point Defiance Park at the Pearl St. entrance. Please park in that main parking lot across from the pond. If you drive to the tennis courts, you have gone too far. Once everyone has arrived, we will drive up into the park, stop at a trailhead, and walk a 4 mile loop. It is beautiful (with water views, etc.). Kelly is in a brown Buick Encore.
POINT DEFIANCE PARK
As the largest urban park in Pierce County, the network of roads and trails weaving through the forest preserve provides a quiet retreat for joggers, cyclists, and hikers.
There are many hiking trails along Point Defiance's cliffs that have sweeping views of Vashon Island, Dalco Passage, Gig Harbor, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The road network also passes by Fort Nisqually.
HOW IT WORKS: If Kelly Pagano is not signed up for this walk, it probably won't happen. She is in a brown Buick Encore. Typically, if there are five or fewer attendees, we all get in Kelly's car to drive up to the trailhead. If you would prefer to follow in your own car, that's fine too!
For this walk, we start at 26th and Junett and walk a grid until we get to the center of Proctor, and then we take a straight shot back to our cars. If anyone is interested, you can grab a coffee when we hit the center of Proctor, and drink it on the way back down 26th. That does not usually happen, but it's always an option. Hope to see you on this walk some time. :-)
This walk is a little less than 4 miles. Meet at Junett and 26th, then we will walk up 26th (You can grab a coffee at Starbucks if you want) all the way to Mason. At Mason, we turn left and walk along the center path, then walk through and around the park, cross a busy street or two, then head back toward our starting point, cutting through an alley before crossing 21st and making it back to our cars.
I am bringing back the gulch walk which is only right at 3 miles, but it includes three different terrains/views and a nice set of stairs to get our hearts going. We meet in the parking lot across from Katie Downs (at the far end to get more steps). We walk under the train bridge, into the gulch, up the staircase, through a north end neighborhood, down to the railroad tracks, cross the street, and walk along the waterfront until we return to our cars. It's a nice one. If it is rainy out, the gulch will be muddy, so dress accordingly. Thanks!