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McKinley Park

Puget Sound and Islands

Location

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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Length

1.32 miles of trails

Elevation

Gain: 260 ft.

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WTA worked here: 2019
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

As one of the oldest park in the City of Tacoma, this patch of green next to I-5 has been through many changes over the years. When I-5 was built in the ‘60s the park got reduced in size, but it still has a network of hiking trails and some old features like a stacked rock retaining wall on the edge of a pond.

Many improvements have been made since its beginning. In 2019 WTA volunteers built retaining walls on a few sections of trail that used to wash out frequently.

The trails here are wide and flat, a design attributed to their prior use by horse-drawn buggies. Nowadays neighborhood hikers come here to stretch their legs on the various loop trails in the park, going through forest and along a section of boardwalk through a wetland.

 

McKinley Park

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.2336, -122.4248 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

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Getting There

From I-5, take exit 133 and stay right, following signs for Tacoma Dome. After 0.5 mile from the exit, turn right onto E 26th St. Take the second right onto East D St. Stay on this for 0.6 miles as it crosses I-5, and becomes E McKinley Way. Just after crossing over I-5 you will see the park on your left. There is street parking along the edge of the park here with easy access to the bathroom and trail network.

Take Transit

Route 42 stops at the intersection of McKinley Ave. and East D St., right at the park entrance.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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McKinley Park

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