5 South Sound trails to add to your hiking to-do list

Mt. Rainier and two other easily accessible hikes with great trails for all skill levels. #k5evening

Everyone can agree Mount Rainier is one of Washington’s most picturesque landmarks. But at 14,500 feet, it’s also the most extreme hike in the South Sound.

“I’m not going to lie, it was a workout,” said Extreme Jose of Evening.

Wildflowers abound in the national park during the spring and summer months. For novice hikers, this is the perfect opportunity to visit Naches Peak Loopwhich sits almost 10,000 feet below the summit.

“It’s one of the absolute best wildflower hikes in Washington state,” said hiking guru Craig Romano.

Naches has more than just wildflowers: there are high mountain lakes to cool off in and reminders of why this mountain range is called “The Cascades”.

“There is no bad section on this path. These 3.3 miles are all flowers – they’re all views. Everything is open.”

For a city walk, Romano recommends Fort Steilacoom Park in Seewald. The 340-acre park has seven miles of trails.

Lots of Tacomans will drive by Point Defiance Park on the way to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium — but the 450-year-old park also offers 15 miles of hiking trails and pockets of mature trees. You might even encounter wildlife.

“There are parts of the park where you’ll feel like you’re deep in the wilderness,” Romano said. “Not only is it one of the most beautiful urban parks here in Washington, but I would say it is one of the most beautiful.” urban parks across the country.”

Last, Swan Creek Park Tacoma has miles of creekside hiking trails down below and a whole lot of history upstairs.

“It used to be a housing estate from World War II. Now you are walking through a ghost village.”

South Sound Hiking: It’s as easy or as difficult as you want it to be.

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Emma James

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