Outside Loop Trail (Blue Loop)
ElevationAscent: 339' 103 m
Descent: -333' -101 m
High: 302' 92 m
Low: 133' 41 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
Current trail conditions
Popular runs nearby
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“Follows the cliff edge above the water. Beautiful views of Puget Sound.”— Shaun Henderson
The trail is dirt with exposed roots and can get muddy after heavy rains, especially in the winter. You can access the trail from any of the main parking areas around five mile drive. However the most popular start finish points for this loop is the Zoo or Fort Nisqually.
As you work your way around the outer edge of the park, there are numerous opportunities to take side trails to viewpoints overlooking Puget Sound.
Land Manager: Metro Parks Tacoma