The Scott Pierson Trail runs parallel to State Route 16 for most of its journey from 25th Street in Tacoma to 24th Street on the southern edge of Gig Harbor. The 5-mile trail is a safe and convenient option for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross Puget Sound, although it is often loud due to its close proximity to a busy highway.
The trail is named in honor of the longtime landscape architect and urban planner in Tacoma who advocated tirelessly for its creation. The highlight of the route is undoubtedly the impressive Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which offers sweeping views of Puget Sound as it carries separated vehicular and bike/ped traffic from Tacoma to the Kitsap Peninsula, and vice versa.
In Tacoma, the trail links walkers, runners and cyclists to a variety of amenities, including War Memorial Park, the Tacoma Nature Center at Snake Lake and Cheney Stadium (home of Minor League Baseball's Tacoma Rainiers). Unfortunately, the trail is not always well-marked in Tacoma. Refer to the TrailLink map for the exact route.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking for the Scott Pierson Trail can be found close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at the intersection of 6th Avenue and N. Skyline Drive in Tacoma. Farther east, a park and ride lot off Center Street between S. Tyler Street and S. Mullen Street should have parking. A trail spur leads directly from the parking lot under SR 16 to the main trail near Cheney Stadium.
Great way to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Nice wide safe path across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge..A bit of hill climbing on both end of the bridge. Ride on road to connect to the Gig Harbor Cushman Trail. You also save a $5.00 toll by biking or walking.
wide paved trail
wide paved trail
views going over the bridge
tons of litter and graffiti
multiple streets crossings
trail path not always obvious
lots of moderate hills
This could easily be a 4 star ...
Noisy but Very Well Maintained Trail
This is a better biking or running trail than a walking/hiking trail only because of the noise and somewhat boring scenery.
Most of the trail runs alongside the Hwy 16 from start to finish it so you always are overwhelmed by the noise of the traffic.