Fun and Adventurous Outdoor Activities In Pierce County To Inspire Your Next Trip To The South Sound

Fun and Adventurous Outdoor Activities In Pierce County To Inspire Your Next Trip To The South Sound

Fun and Adventurous Outdoor Activities In Pierce County To Inspire Your Next Trip To The South Sound 1500 1000 Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission

The Mandagies partnered with Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission to create this blog.

We’re gonna say it – Tacoma/Pierce County is the dark horse of Washington State. Where else in the US can you have a world-class mountain resort, beautiful shoreline, and incredible city parks within reach? Sandwiched between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula, you can get the best of both worlds with adventure, beautiful scenery, and access to tons of quintessential Pacific Northwest activities. This summer, we partnered with Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission to showcase some amazing outdoor activities in Pierce County that are within reach for everyone in the Puget Sound!

We’re sharing accessible adventures in the mountains, beautiful city parks, and amazing water activities for weekend warriors, summer lovers, and anybody who wants all the adventure in one place! Welcome to your new favorite area of Washington.

Fun and Adventurous Outdoor Activities In Pierce County

This post is in partnership with Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission. All opinions, photos, and writing are completely our own. This blog post is also inspired by Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission’s tagline:

Mountain, City, Sea 

Berty and I were inspired by this tagline and loved the accessibility to all three elements during our weekend in Pierce County. Therefore, we’ve broken this post into three sections, highlighting all the amazing activities you can do in each one!


Pierce County is lucky to have one of Washington’s beautiful national parks within reach. Just 50 miles away from the city of Tacoma, you’ll arrive at the foot of a magnificent dormant volcano, Mount Rainier. Many think that the mountains are exclusively for skiing and snowboarding, but there’s actually so much to do in the “off seasons”. Here are some of the things we did with Tacoma Sports:

Have Lunch With A View Of Mount Rainier

During the summer months, Crystal Mountain Resort runs one of their gondolas as a scenic ride to their Summit House Restaurant. This unique eatery sits at 6,872 feet with a full view of Mount Rainier from your dining table. On a clear day, you can also spot Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak – check out the directional plaque in the viewing area and try to spot them all!

We recommend sitting out on their patio to enjoy the sunshine, flowers, and fresh mountain air. You will also likely spot some of the resident chipmunks, who boldly come to steal your food when you aren’t watching! The Summit House Restaurant is open 7 days a week during lunch and dinner, with reservation requirements only for Saturday night dinners.

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Outdoor Activities in Pierce County - view of Mt. Raininer form summit -

Hike Around Crystal Mountain Resort

After lunch at the Summit House Restaurant, instead of taking the gondola back down, try choosing from one of Crystal Mountain’s many summer trails. Along the way, you have to opportunity to visit hidden lakes, streams, and wildflower fields for some magical scenery.
Crystal Mountain Tip: Make sure to grab a pair of mismatched ski poles at the trailhead before you start. These abandoned poles are collected around the mountain after the snow melts and used as hiking poles for balance and stability on the trails. Even if you don’t regularly use hiking poles, your knees will thank you after the first few miles downhill!
Make sure to grab a celebratory beer at the Snorting Elk when you’re finished!

(These photos were taken on the Crystal Mountain Trail – you can find a map of all the routes right here.)