Chambers Creek Canyon Trail
Oct. 8, 2021 Update
Work on a new bridge that will be installed as part of the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail project has begun. The work is expected to be complete in late October. Dubbed ‘bridge 1,’ the work will result in a bridge crossing connecting the City of Lakewood to University Place near Kobayashi Park. The bridge will provide a safe crossing point for trail users and prevent wading through the creek which causes environmental damage. Work in the ‘bridge 1’ phase will include installation of a prefabricated bridge, bridge abutments, trail approaches, and changes to reuse the existing roadbed on the south side of the stream.
The Chambers Creek Canyon Trail will be closed in the work area during construction hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. A gravel bypass trail has been installed around the construction area. This bypass will be open outside of work hours and on weekends. There will be on-site signage and coordination with the local jurisdictions to ensure safety and up-to-date information for trail users.
Preparation work started July 26, 2021 with an archeologist assessing the site to determine if there are any culturally relevant items. Crews have cleared vegetation, installed erosion control devices, posted project signage, and started excavation work. In September, crews completed excavation work at the site. The bridge abutments were installed in October. The bridge and railings are expected to be installed in late October.
May 2020 Update
A 1.0 mile portion of the trail has been constructed between the trailhead at the Chambers Creek Dam and the trailhead at Zircon Rd. The trail is planned to extend along the north side of the canyon to Philips Road near the Chambers Creek confluence with Leach Creek and includes two creek crossings between the north and south sides of the canyon. Bridges and boardwalks are being designed across the canyon to connect the cities of Lakewood and University Place. Construction of the next section of the trail is scheduled to begin in 2021. Download a fact sheet for this project here Version OptionsChambers Creek Canyon TrailHeadline.
Chambers Creek Canyon is a part of Chambers Creek Regional Park that is jointly owned by Pierce County and the City of University Place. In 2013, the Cities of University Place and Lakewood, and Pierce County held a public open house to gauge interest in creating a trail through this forested canyon. The response was overwhelmingly positive, so the Parties surveyed a possible trail alignment in the canyon and developed a draft trail implementation plan. In 2015, an interlocal agreement was adopted to guide the planning, design and permitting work on this project and to provide for collaboration in seeking grants and other funding sources for the project. In 2016, the partners jointly funded the hiring of a design firm to complete preliminary engineering work and cost estimates to establish a Chambers Creek Canyon Trail route that would guarantee success during the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office’s 2016 and 2018 grant cycles. Both grants are funding current efforts to complete the trail, bridge, and boardwalk design and start construction by 2021.
The map below shows the proposed Chambers Creek Canyon Trail route, illustrating how the trail connects people throughout the region to each other, to other parks and to a unique, back-country experience just minutes from their homes.