The Path Less Beaten Part 5: Point Defiance 2.5 Mile Marker

October 18, 2017 0

Despite this being a properly maintained trail that actually exists on most maps, it’s still very lightly used compared to other nearby trails in Point Defiance. It’s more of a shortcut than a standalone trail but the shortcut it provides is the real fun part that makes it worth mentioning. Most beach walkers start at the more popular Owen Beach. This puts you out more than half a mile closer to the point.

By Sierra Hartman

Tacoma Needs More Trees. Yes, Really.

October 16, 2017 1

You may be asking yourself why anyone would spend so much time and energy planting more trees in the Pacific Northwest. If so, you may be surprised to hear that Tacoma has a tree problem. In spite of its location in the heart of Tree Country USA, our city’s tree canopy cover was last measured at only 19%; far less than the national average of 27-33%. Seattle, by contrast, has a 28% canopy cover.

By Sierra Hartman

The Path Less Beaten Part 4: Garfield Gulch

October 14, 2017 1

Garfield gulch exists in a sort of limbo between inaccessible wilderness and managed natural area. Of all the north end gulches, this one’s probably had the roughest history. Not only was it heavily logged like the rest of Tacoma, but a huge portion of it was actually filled in and built over. If you’ve ever wondered why there’s a four block gap in N. 7th St., it’s because that’s where the gulch used to be. The only evidence left is a slight dip in elevation.

By Sierra Hartman

The Path Less Beaten Part 3: Buckley Gulch

October 4, 2017 2

Buckley Gulch is the kind of place a lot of people drive past and think, “Hmm… I wonder what’s down there.” but never actually take the time to find out. It’s so densely forested that even driving over it on the N. 21st St. bridge, you may not even realize you’re on a bridge. The N. Yakima Ave. bridge just north of there allows a deeper view into the gulch but to get the full experience, you have to see it from the bottom.

By Sierra Hartman

WTF is up with Tacoma’s Streets?

October 4, 2017 6

There’s something up with Tacoma’s streets, and I don’t mean the pot holes. If you want to drive from South Tacoma up to 6th Ave., you could head north on Oakes which eventually becomes Pine, which then turns into Cedar, and finally winds up as Alder, all on the same physical road, within a space…

By Sierra Hartman

The Path Less Beaten Part 2: Mason Gulch

October 4, 2017 5

Trailhead: 4002 N Waterview St. (along north-side fence) Length: .3 miles Overgrowth: 5 to start, 2 for most Difficulty: Easy With the amount of thorns guarding the entrance to this trail, you’d think there was a princess hidden in a castle somewhere behind them. As soon as you step off the pavement, you’re greeted by…

By Sierra Hartman