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Foothills Regional Trail

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.
State(s) Washington
Counties Pierce
Type Backcountry
Equestrian Trail
Fitness Trail
Mountain Bike Trail
Nature Trail
Rail Trail
Urban Trail
Length 15.00 Miles / 24.14 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Foothills Trail - Gateway to National Recreation
Foothills Trail - Gateway to National Recreation

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.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available



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


Additional Information

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

Date Last Updated: 01/29/2017


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Tony Tipton
Special Assistant
Pierce County Parks & Recreation Services
9112 Lakewood Dr SW
Lakewood , WA 98499


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Foothills Trail brochure Brochure View/Download
Foothills Trail Equestrian Safety Patrol Brochure View/Download
Foothills Coalition Safety Patrol Photo View/Download
Historical Burlington Northern railroad marker Photo View/Download



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