Yesterday Tacoma was finally visited by the sun on a weekend. We took full advantage and headed over to Puget Park with some friends for a long hike down to Ruston Way and the waterfront.
Why the butterfly costume? "Because butterflies are part of nature."
The trail starts at the edge of the woods, behind and to the right of the playground.
Just after the stairs, there is a fork. On the way down we chose the left, steeper fork. I would not recommend this with small children. It's beautiful, but quite steep and very muddy right now.
Eventually, we made it to the bottom, where the trail is flat and open for a while.
Along the creek, we saw many signs warning us not to disturb the baby salmon. We couldn't find any, but we had fun trying.
At the bottom, just past the trail head, there's a lovely fenced-in meadow perfect for picnicing with little kids. (or anyone else)
Other than some discarded Christmas trees and other items too big to haul away, the trail was beautifully maintained and completely devoid of trash. At the end of the trail, we took a detour to the waterfront (more on that in the next entry). On the way back, we took the slower, less-steep fork, and had to resort to the "ants go marching" song to motivate the little ones, but eventually we all made it back up the hill and collapsed in a heap.
N 31st St at N Proctor St