Cross the bridge over Swan Creek and enter the lush green canyon for a quiet walk to the south end of Swan Creek Park. Well, mostly quiet at least. The trail is close enough to the roads and nearby construction work to give you an occasional reminder that you’re not far from town.
Starting at the Pioneer Way trailhead, the walk up the canyon is about 2.2 miles. You can return the same way or take the Canyon Rim Trail. I looped back on the Canyon Rim Trail on a recent visit, but it’s not as scenic as the canyon.
The upper park has a few more short trails for wandering including a grid of old paved roads.
The mountain bike trails are closed to foot traffic, just as the other trails are closed to bikes. The bike trails are worth visiting too. Tacoma’s first mountain bike park opened last spring. It is small with several challenging sections encircled by a 2-mile trail called “Hustle and Flow” that’s designed for riders of all levels.
Craig Hill, email@example.com