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    McKinley Park Loop

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    1.9 km
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    54 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The McKinley Park Loop is a 1.9 km moderately trafficked hike in an urban Tacoma park that offers an escape from the city without having to go very far. This trail is easy and dog-friendly, making it a popular choice for individual hikers and runners and families alike. Enjoy the trees and the shade as you explore here.

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    Route Description for McKinley Park Loop

    McKinley Park offers a shaded forest escape in urban Tacoma, providing a perfect spot to hike, run, take the dogs out, or hit the playground with your kids. This loop is quite easy, especially if you go counterclockwise, and it can be combined with other trails in the park if you want a longer adventure.

    Begin from the park entrance near the playground. You’ll take the obvious trail to where it splits. Going counterclockwise is easier and requires less incline, so we recommend taking the trail on your right. The trail immediately splits again, so keep right. You’ll take the Strawberry Hill Trail around the perimeter of the park, then turn to get on the return trail on the opposite side of the park. This will take you back to where you started.

    Getting to the McKinley Park Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for the McKinley Park Loop is off McKinley Ave.

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    • Backcountry Campground


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      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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