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Trail is maintained and stroller friendly. As a portion of this hike is along the road, parents should be aware of traffic at all times.
The north end of the trail detours through Old Town as the permanent connection to Ruston Path
is still in planning (see link about promenade project below). There is no sidewalk along Ruston Way, pedestrians should not use Ruston Way overpass. Use extreme caution when crossing the train tracks at the north end of the trail; do not cross before the crossing gate raises, as trains travel in both directions.
This two-mile trail is great for those looking to extend their adventure from Ruston Path
at the north end, or from Thea Foss Waterway Public Esplanade
at the south end, with an easy connection to the downtown trolley at the south end.
This trail follows Schuster Parkway, occasionally becoming sidewalk along the road, and then leading back into the trees. You'll see ongoing restoration efforts as you pass through the Schuster Slope Restoration Area on the steep slopes to the west of the trail.
A large portion of the trail is adjacent to train tracks, and it's great for train-watching. About halfway through the trail, you'll pass large silos where trains may stop to transfer goods with docked cargo ships.
At the north end of the trail, you'll pass two large ships just east of Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park. They are twin sister ships, the S.S. Cape Island and the S.S. Cape Intrepid. They are relief ships run by the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Ready Reserve Force (ships on standby for things like hurricane relief or urgent support of defense operations)
For more information on the Schuster Parkway Promenade Project, visit their website
And for more information on the Schuster Slope Restoration Area, see their website
Flora & Fauna
Restoration efforts, unique slope/wetland combination, forest and potential of sea wildlife in Commencement Bay.
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