Foothills Regional Trail

Located in central Pierce County, the 15-mile long Foothills Trail is a 12-foot wide asphalt path with an accompanying 5-foot wide equestrian trail that offers scenic views of South Prairie Creek, Mt. Rainier, and rich fertile farmland. Additionally, the trail system accesses significant environmental areas and connects to local historic and cultural landmarks, parks, schools, and other public facilities.

photo: Foothills Trail - Gateway to National Recreation Type: Backcountry, Equestrian Trail, Fitness Trail, Greenway, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 15.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Fishing
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Railtrail constructed on old Burlington Northern Right of Way extending from Puyallup through the city of Orting and into the town of South Prairie.
States: Washington
Counties: Pierce
Latitude: 47.18552   Longitude: -122.25576

From I-5, take exit 127/Hwy 512 east toward Puyallup approx 11 miles. Take Pioneer Avenue exit, go east 1.5 miles to 134th Street. Turn left onto 134th Street, then right onto 8th Street. 13810 80th Street East, Puyallup WA 98372

Description

The Foothills Trail is a 15-mile long conversion of an abandoned railroad right of way into a paved multi-use recreational public trail for walkers, hikers, bikers and horseback riders of all skill levels and capabilities. The Foothills Trail is a 12-foot wide porous asphalt path with an accompanying 5-foot wide equestrian trail made of natural materials. and located in a rural wooded scenic environment intermittently bordered by privately owned grazing land and the South Prairie Creek.
Our vision is to provide a safe and separated, non-motorized public trail for multiple kinds of recreational use and as an alternative commuting route between towns and neighborhoods. Located in central Pierce County, the trail system offers five fully-equipped trailheads and accesses significant environmental areas and connects to local historic and cultural landmarks, parks, schools, and other public facilities. Additinoally, the relatively flat Foothills Trail offers scenic views of South Prairie Creek, Mt. Rainier, rich fertile farmland, and areas where open meadows meet forested hillsides. Coffee stops and eateries are within easy access for people using the trail in the towns of Puyallup, Orting and South Prairie.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 59
Elevation High Point: 431
Year Designated: 2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: Foothills Trail brochure
Brochure: Foothills Trail Equestrian Safety Patrol

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Tony Tipton
Special Assistant
Pierce County Parks & Recreation Services
9112 Lakewood Dr SW
Lakewood , WA 98499
253-798-4250
ttipton@co.pierce.wa.us

 

Photos

Foothills Coalition Safety Patrol

Foothills Coalition Safety Patrol

Historical Burlington Northern railroad marker

Historical Burlington Northern railroad marker

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