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Swan Creek Park

Puget Sound and Islands


Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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4.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 325 ft.


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Featuring a wooded canyon and forested hills, a salmon-bearing stream and new community garden, Swan Creek Park is a 290-acre greenspace which lies on the boundary between East Tacoma and Pierce County. Trails, both paved and soft-surface, as well as those for mountain bikes weave over the property.

The hiking trails in this urban oasis combine to form loop hikes that can be several miles in length. The 2.4 mile Swan Creek Trail traverses a sidehill and eventually descends to the creek bottom, while the 1.2 mile Canyon Rim trail stays well above the creek giving views across the canyon. And the 0.3 mile Lister Trail connector provides access from a near by neighborhood.

Note: there are no restrooms in the park except at the two trailheads so be prepared to pack it out.


Swan Creek Park

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Co-ordinates: 47.2268, -122.3891 Open map in new window


Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Tacoma

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Getting There

There are several ways to access the trails in Swan Creek Park:

Driving south on I-5, take exit 135 in Tacoma. Driving north, the exit is 134. Once off the freeway, drive to Portland Avenue and continue south for about 1.5 miles. Then turn left into the Salishan neighborhood on East 44th Street.

Follow East 44th Street for 0.3 miles and turn right on East T Street just before Lister Elementary School and proceed to the gate at the end of the street. Or, to reach a more developed trailhead, follow East 44th Street past Lister Elementary School and proceed to the end of the street. Turn left (north) and drive two blocks. Turn right on East 42nd Street into the large parking area that includes an outhouse and picnic area.

For the Pioneer Way parking and trailhead at the north end of the park, take exit 135 to East 28th Street, which will become State Route 167 (River Road). Veer right on Pioneer Way and continue to the trailhead, on your right before Waller Road.

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