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Fort Steilacoom Park

Waughop Lakes meadows offer bird watching, historical sites and Rainier and Olympic views. 360 acres to explore with plenty of trail.
Driving Directions:

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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Fort Steilacoom Park — Apr 12, 2014 — MamaTua
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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This is a wonderful park and we come here often; however this is the first time I went further than ...
This is a wonderful park and we come here often; however this is the first time I went further than just around Waughop Lake. Around the lake is one mile, but there are trails that can take you up to about ten miles. Today we hiked up to the old Hill Ward and then back down and around the lake, which was about two miles round trip. There is a lot of history here and there are several things to read that tells you about the hospital and the wildlife.
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Fort Steilacoom Park — Feb 08, 2014 — Al
Day hike
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My dog and I discovered this park for the first time today. A nice little gem near Tacoma. We wand...
My dog and I discovered this park for the first time today. A nice little gem near Tacoma. We wandered for about four miles, but could have easily done a few more without retracing our steps. And the off leash dog park is the best I've seen. It's not a hike, it's more of a walk. But this is a great place to stroll about and get your nature fix.
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Fort Steilacoom Park — Jan 25, 2013 — Sabin
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
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This is one of my daily walk/ hike areas and get here several times a month. It has a little bit of ...
This is one of my daily walk/ hike areas and get here several times a month. It has a little bit of everything and is great for families with young kids, and people of any age. A good hikers area for beginners, and a great daily area for some exercise. Great for dogs with an extensive off-leash area, parks for kids, ruins, inclines, picnics- a very nice daily area- definitely not for the hardcore.
Careful of the lake- inability to treat properly has led to algae poisoning.
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Fort Steilacoom Park — Aug 08, 2011 — Weluv2hike.
Day hike
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Went and hiked around the trails at this park. A total of 7 miles of trails here, a good walk to do ...
Went and hiked around the trails at this park. A total of 7 miles of trails here, a good walk to do after work, and there is a lake there. Took our nephews with us. Fun times.
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Waughop Lake by The FriarandtheAngel
Location
Puget Sound and Islands -- South Sound
Pierce County Parks
Statistics
Roundtrip 7.0 miles
Features
Lakes
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
Dogs allowed without leash
May encounter mountains bikes
No pass or permit required
Guidebooks & Maps
100 Take a walk

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