Scott Pierson Trail

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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 for skating

   May, 2015 by clarity.dickinson

I am always looking for roller skating trails and this one is great...well maintained, not to much gravel/debris on path, wide enough for two people even when someone is passing and close to my house. Looking forward to visiting often this summer. read more

5 Stars for my review

   September, 2014 by free06

Hello, i recently submitted a review for the Scott Pierson Trail. I forgot to give my star rating, and was wondering if you could up date my review to add 5 stars! Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Free06, ;0) Free06 is not the year i was released more

I enjoyed walking on this Trail

   August, 2014 by free06

I recently vacation in Tacoma, and found this trail and fell in love with it! I use to go down to Wright's Park for my exercise. However, my sister bought a home right on 25th, and it was perfect to walk out the door, and the trail only a few blocks away. more