All City and County Trails and Most Parks in Pierce County Now Open

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:00 AM by Matt Wakefield

As of today, the governor’s lifting of certain restrictions focuses on outdoor recreation, and most Pierce County cities have followed suit. The good news is that city and county trails are wide open (with a big caveat, below), so we have some recommendations on where you can go to get your fix of vitamin D in this gorgeous spring weather.
 
Before we get into the good stuff, let this be your mantra: go before you go.
 
This is so important that I’m dragging the footnote into the main blog post.
 
* Do yourself a huge favor and assume (unless you read otherwise from an official source) that restrooms, recreation facilities, sports courts, restrooms, playgrounds, skate parks, restrooms, picnic tables/shelters, parking lots, and in many cases, restrooms, are still closed. So really, go before you go.
 
Parks Social Distancing

That said, still go! Get outside. Keep your distance. You’ll still need to keep six feet of space around you, but you’ll gain 30,000 feet above you.
 
Here’s how it all breaks down:

DuPont
Parks status: Open*
Trails status: Open
Preferred trail: Sequalitchew Trail (three-mile roundtrip, historic trail with an abandoned train tunnel and beach at the end)
 
Fife
Parks status: Open*
Trails status: Open
Preferred trail: Levee Pond Park and Trail (0.44-mile paved, loop trail with pond-viewing platform)
 
Gig Harbor
Parks status: Open* (PenMet Parks also open*)
Trails status: Open
Preferred trail: Cushman Trail (6.2-mile one-way, paved, out-and-back trail featuring challenging hills and verdant views)
 
Lakewood
Parks status: Open*
Trails status: Open
Preferred trail: Waughop Lake Trail Loop at Fort Steilacoom Park (one-mile, flat, loop trail around a scenic lake with historical areas nearby)
 
Milton
Parks status: Open*
Trails status: Open
Preferred trail: Milton Interurban Trail (1.7-mile one-way, out and back trail along the edge of a ravine with views of Hylebos Creek)
 
Puyallup
Parks status: Closed
Trails status: Open
Featured trail: Puyallup Loop Trail (four-mile round trip, creekside and suburban loop trail)
 
Sumner
Parks status: Open*
Preferred trail: Sumner Link Trail (5.3-mile one-way, out-and-back valley trail along the White River featuring wildlife and unique vegetation)
 
Tacoma (Metro Parks Tacoma)
Parks status: Open*
Link to parks page: Open
Preferred trail: Point Defiance Park’s Five-Mile Drive (Five-mile paved loop road with several dirt trails running parallel, old growth forest, and wildlife that you should definitely not feed)
 
University Place
Parks status: Open*
Trails status: Open
Preferred trail: Soundview Trail/Grandview Trail Combination Loop at Chambers Bay (3.5-mile round trip loop trail through a golf course, atop a bluff, and with sweeping views of the Salish Sea)
 
Pierce County Parks
Parks status: Open*
Trails status: Open

 
Author: Matt Wakefield

Matt is Travel Tacoma + Pierce County's communications manager. He's a Pacific Northwest native and outdoor enthusiast. He's also a minimalist, so we'll stop here.

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