February 14, 2012
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Reviewed by: csquared253
Clarks Creek Park park is a great place to build up skills, explore and spend the afternoon. The entrance to most of the park has very wide trails where you have to keep an eye out for dog walkers, hikers and kids play near the playtoys at the clarks creek south city park. In the upper part of the park (which can also be accessed from Fruitland Elementary) there is 3 or 4 good loops, which connect to the bottom park of the park. The upper park includes lots of fun switchbacks and more technical terrain. In the mid/lower park of the park there is a combination of singletrack and some downhill chutes. On the north end of the park, there is some very challenging dried creek type trails and more technical terrain. Only downside is that the trails can get VERY muddy after rain, there's some poor drainage in portions of the trails. 9 months out of the year, these are awesome trails, I'd recommend this trail system to anyone in the Puyallup/Tacoma area who is looking for a close trail.
The best access point to the trails system is from the Clarks creek park SOUTH city park, off of 14th street. this is the one with the dog park and playtoys, not the baseball fields. There's trail access here that will allow you to get to all the trails in the park. As you ride south from this park, the trail starts to narrow and climb, after staying on the main trail you'll reach a T and the lower trail goes down to the State fish hatchery and the upper trail continues to the loops at the top of the park, follow this uphill for a few curves and bends and you'll get to a cross roads of about 3 or 4 trails, which are the loops of the upper part of Clarks Creek. I usually ride these for a while before riding back down to the city park, hitting some of the DH chutes on the way.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
OrangeGate, powerline trails off of 84th and Waller, 15th street trails in puyallup (below the Community gardens)