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Fort Steilacoom Park

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.1726, -122.5615 Map & Directions
4.1 miles of trails
Elevation Gain
154 feet
Highest Point
376 feet
Waughop Lake. Photo by FriarandtheAngel. Full-size image
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Bird watching, historical sites and Rainer and Olympic views. Continue reading

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes

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Hiking Fort Steilacoom Park

Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood features 340 varied acres of flat and rolling terrain. Trails lace the forest and fields around it, and it's complete with a little lake encircled by a paved path that offers bird watching, historical sites and views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic mountains.

From Waughop Lake to an open hillside and dark forest, the park offers something for everyone. Mileage and elevation vary, but the park includes a marked 5-kilometer loop around the pond.

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Wheelchair Accessibility

There is a flat, paved 5km-long trail around the lake at this park that wheelchair hikers can use to enjoy the area.

Hike Description Written by
Matt Kite, WTA Correspondent

Fort Steilacoom Park

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.1726, -122.5615 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5 in Tacoma, south bound, take exit 129 ( S 72nd St.) Go west (right) on 74th in 2.3 miles 72nd becomes Custard. Go another 1.2 miles and turn right on Steilacoom Blvd. Go 1.5 west and turn left onto Elwood Drive SW. Turn right on Dresden Lane into park.

From I-5 south of Tacoma, southbound, take exit 125 (Lakewood). Turn left onto Bridgeport Way W. Go north on Bridgeport Way W, crossing 100th St SW . Turn left on Steilacoom Blvd and go west; then proceed as above.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

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