"Getting Here: By Road or By Bus" Dash Point State Park Transportation Tip by glabah
Dash Point State Park Transportation: 1 reviews and 1 photos
Dash Point State Park is located on the edge of Puget Sound, slightly north of the northern reaches of Tacoma and on the western edge of Federal Way.
My method of getting to the park is not one I would recommend anyone else do. My method involved taking bus route 187 from the Federal Way Transit Center west to the intersection of SW 320th Street and 47th Avenue SW. Here, I walked north on 47th to Dash Point Road, and then west to the entrance of Dash Point State Park. This worked, and for the most part the shoulders of the roads are narrow but wide enough that it is possible to do this without getting killed, but certainly not a route I would suggest anyone undertake. The roads are very narrow and people drive far faster than the posted 35 mph speed limit.
Instead, if you are coming here by public transit, instead I suggest taking the same bus route as I took : 187 from Federal Way. However, get off at the next stop after the bus turns onto 47th Avenue / Hoyt Road SW (the road changes names here). This next stop at Hoyt Road and 323rd is very close to a minor hiking trail entrance from the surrounding neighborhood. Thus, it is only necessary to walk on busy roads without sidewalks for several feet if you get off at this stop and use the hiking trail to access the park.
I will point out, however, that this was not possible to do when I visited the park. Everything south of Dash Point Road was closed to the public due to downed trees due to a mixed ice storm and wind storm.
Getting here by driving is fairly easy: Interstate 5 to SW 320th Street, go west to 47th, then north to Dash Point Road. It is also possible to follow the bizarre curving route of state route 509, as it includes Dash Point Road as it passes through the park. However, it follows a very circuitous route to get there.
Once again I would like to point out that Washington State Parks require a Discover Pass for day use, if you drive to the park. Using the park and ride lot at Federal Way keeps you from having to pay the $10 day use fee. Campers have the day use fee included in their camping fee.