Baker Bay Trail and Boardwalk

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The Baker Bay Trail, located at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and Lower Columbia River in Cape Disappointment State Park, connects elements designed by Maya Lin as part of the Confluence Project. The state park is one of the National Park Service's Lewis and Clark National Historic Park sites.

ESA provided an array of services for this multi-phase project. To help Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (WSPRC) make an informed decision about the final Baker Bay Trail, we identified a series of potential trail alignments. By working closely with WSPRC interpretive staff to listen to the "story of the project," our proposed trail alignments aimed to orient visitors and direct visitor attention toward the park’s historic and cultural aspects. We also evaluated alignments from a permitting perspective and prepared cost estimates for each.  Conceptual alternatives included elevated sections of boardwalk and a number of interpretive nodes and overlooks. In addition to the trail alignments, the designs included road and parking lot realignments and reconfigurations, stormwater management, and restoration planting plans for a tidal wetland adjacent to Baker Bay.

Following the selection of a preferred alternative by WSPRC, ESA developed the final plan and construction documents, which were divided into phased packages in order to accommodate the project funding plan. The construction packages were developed concurrent with other design and construction projects that were underway, and our team of regulatory specialists assisted with permitting support. We provided construction observation throughout the first phase of construction.

ESA helped bring life to this countywide trail system, connecting public art installations by renowned artist Maya Lin for future generations to enjoy.

Specialized Services

  • Construction observation and support
  • Design specifications and construction bid packages
  • Development feasibility (constraints/opportunities, due diligence)
  • Engineering design and construction documents
  • Native plant revegetation
  • Public access, trail analysis and design
  • Schematic and conceptual design