While Fort Steilacoom is not rugged or remote, it can be fairly challenging for a city park. There are many criss-crossing trails here, both in open grass and in forest. However, there are also many distinct features such as buildings, roads, ballfields, and a small lake, that are great navigational aids.

Part of the park is very flat, while part of the park is quite steep. How steep your course is depends on which course you choose and how nice the course designer decided to be.


This venue features a permanent course, which you can do at any time! To try it out, print the PDF map and control descriptions below (or simply open them on your smart phone), read the instructions on the permanent course page, and have fun!

  1. Print/view Ft. Steilacoom map
  2. Print/view Ft. Steilacoom control descriptions (needed to complete the permanent course) Markers 35 & 37 are Missing
  3. Introduction-Orienteering Permanent Course at Ft. Steilacoom

CascadeOC supports many permanent courses over a large geographic area and our volunteers have limited time to keep up with maintenance. If you observe any damaged, obscured, or missing markers, or if you can help regularly monitor and maintain this permanent course, please let us know. Thanks for your help!

To find more venues with permanent courses, visit the Map of Maps page, where each permanent course is marked by a yellow pin.

Note: Samples of the map are provided here for educational purposes only; the map shown here is not kept up-to-date.

The permanent orienteering courses at Fort Steilacoom were designed and installed as a Boy Scout Eagle Award Service Project by Michael Rogers, Boy Scout Troop 696, Summit, WA.

The purpose of providing these navigational and physical ratings below is to provide greater context for how challenging an orienteering course at this venue might be. For example, an advanced-level course at a local city park will be easier to complete than an advanced-level course in the mountains.

Navigational Challenge Rating: 5/10

Much of Fort Steilacoom is covered by tall grass, with criss-crossing networks of trails which can be hard to see. The best strategy here is to look up to faraway features, instead of looking down at at your feet to find the trails. Fortunately, there are some distinct features, such as buildings, roads, ballfields, and even a small lake, to help you do just that.

The forest here has an even tighter web of trails to navigate, requiring orienteers to keep close track of their location.


Physical Challenge Rating: 5/10

Part of Fort Steilacoom is quite flat, while parts of it are quite steep. The amount of climbing you’ll do depends on how nice or cruel the course designer decides to be.

There are many well-worn trails here that will take you practically any direction you need to go, though if you’re looking to shave time, you may find yourself running across tall bumpy grass.