North Tacoma: Ruston Way & Point Defiance Park


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Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Narrows Park and Ride
626 N Skyline Drive
Tacoma, WA 98406
Contact Information: 
Marlene Druker
21.00 miles
Elevation Gain: 
1,000 feet
Weather Cancellation: 
Ride Description: 

Biking Out Of Tacoma!  Hoping to do a spring/summer weekend series starting from Tacoma's War Memorial Park/ Narrows Park and Ride - trying out some of my favorite solo routes with the small groups we are allowed to have this year. This one is a fairly short scenic loop around North Tacoma, featuring Ruston Way, Point Defiance Park's 5 mile drive and the new Wilson Way bridge that connects them.   (Route linked below - you can download it or print a cue sheet if you would like one).

We'll be meeting at 9:45am and leaving for the ride at 10:00 am after introductions and a brief safety talk. 

Please note: During COVID-19 restrictions, all Free Group Rides are limited in the number of allowed participants. Registration for the ride (using the red “Register Now” button above) is REQUIRED to participate. If you decide not to ride, please unregister for this ride so that an additional spot will be made available to another.

Face coverings (for mouth and nose) are required when the group makes extended stops. Face coverings are recommended for the duration of the ride. Please bring personal hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and tissues for use at rest stops. 

We will observe current social distancing guidelines when off the bike, and strive to maintain at least 10-12ft separation between riders when on the bike.

We will regroup after hills and before turns if we get spaced out. We'll stop for washrooms at Kandle Park (mile 2) and at Fort Nisqually (mile 14) as needed. 

Helmets are required. Other things to bring: ID, cash and/or credit card, a charged cell phone, supplies to fix a flat or other minor mechanical, water and snacks. Lights on your bike are recommended but not required if you have reflectors. Out of consideration for others, please have full fenders if roads are wet - you may be asked to ride at the back if you do not have fenders. And as mentioned above, in these times, you will need a face covering and should also pack hand sanitizer and kleenex. 

Note: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion listed above or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions, the Ride Leader will post a ride-canceled note in the Comments section below at least two hours prior to the start and Ride Leader(s) will not be at the start location.  Please check before leaving for the ride. 




Submitted by Anita Elder on

I'm looking forward to this ride and it looks like the weather will cooperate and be fairly nice that day. I've been wanting to ride around Point Defiance and thrilled you offered this ride!

Submitted by Anita Elder on

I just checked the hourly weather on Accuweather and it shows a 61% chance of rain from 9am to noon. Since I wear glasses, riding in the rain isn't something I'd enjoy, so I'm going to cancel my registration. Maybe next time.

It's spitting rain here in Gig Harbor with wind gusting to 12 mph. Weather Underground Doppler shows a large eastbound mass of rain extending from the coast into the Sound that will most likely mean precipitation until midday. I don't mind riding on damp roads but wind-driven rain and wet roads are less than enticing. The next four days look a whole lot better, dry even. I'd love to support this ride but will cancel today and look forward to the next opportunity to ride with Cascade.

That;s okay - hope to see you on a future ride. It didn't rain that much in Tacoma and it cleared up just in time for the last few miles. I live on the Gig Harbor side and ride to and from the starts. The bridge was BRUTAL and I actually ended up a bit late to the ride start because I had to take it slow going over. There was an collision on the i-5 around Fife and one of the riders  got to the start just as we were about to leave at 10, so we ended up leaving late anyway.  I was afraid we would have a lot of wind on Ruston Way, but it actually was pretty calm there.  We didn't stop too much because it wasn't good weather for stopping and the views were not as nice as when it is clear... anyway. I am leading a ride from Gig Harbor next week-end. The plan is to go over the bridge together , so I am hoping it will not be as windy! sign up and details for that one here:


Since moving to GH in spring 2018 I've ridden almost exclusively on the peninsula side. I've barely dipped my toes into Tacoma except to cross the bridge and U-turn at Jackson. I was looking forward to this ride for new turf, especially Point Defiance. But the wind gusted to 22 mph here this morning and I dislike riding in strong wind and rain. Guess I need to learn how the weather varies from one side of the narrows to the other. Thanks for the link for next weekend.

Narrows Park and Ride
626 N Skyline Drive
Tacoma, WA 98406
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