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Outside Loop Trail (Blue Loop)

Intermediate
 4.0 (12)

Follows the cliff edge above the water. Beautiful views of Puget Sound.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.5

KM

Loop

302' 92 m

High

133' 41 m

Low

339' 103 m

Up

333' 101 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features -none-

Open dawn to dusk

Description

This trail is well marked with blue square blazes on 4 ft posts. At many of the major intersections there is also a park map in case you get turned around.

The trail is dirt with exposed roots and can get muddy after heavy rains, especially in the winter. You can access the trail from any of the main parking areas around five mile drive. However the most popular start finish points for this loop is the Zoo or Fort Nisqually.

As you work your way around the outer edge of the park, there are numerous opportunities to take side trails to viewpoints overlooking Puget Sound.

Contacts

Land Manager: Metro Parks Tacoma

Shared By:

Shaun Henderson

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  4.0 from 12 votes

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Photos

Beautiful fall day.
Nov 16, 2019 near Gig Harbor, WA
Sunset view from Point Defiance Park
Sep 12, 2016 near Gig Harbor, WA
Walking through some of the giant trees along the trail.
Nov 16, 2019 near Gig Harbor, WA
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Dec 5, 2017 near Gig Harbor, WA

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