Featuring a wooded canyon and forested hills, a salmon-bearing stream and new community garden, Swan Creek Park is a 290-acre greenspace which lies on the boundary between East Tacoma and Pierce County. Trails, both paved and soft-surface, as well as those for mountain bikes weave over the property.
The hiking trails in this urban oasis combine to form loop hikes that can be several miles in length. The 2.4 mile Swan Creek Trail traverses a sidehill and eventually descends to the creek bottom, while the 1.2 mile Canyon Rim trail stays well above the creek giving views across the canyon. And the 0.3 mile Lister Trail connector provides access from a near by neighborhood.
Note: there are no restrooms in the park except at the two trailheads so be prepared to pack it out.