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Foothills Trail


 A beautiful paved trail that follows a river from Puyallup to South Prairie. There is also a 1.8 mile segment in Buckley and one in Enumclaw to the north. It's also possible to ride from Wilkeson to Carbonado on a dirt trail that will eventually be paved. The section from South Prairie to Buckley has been partially completed, but though the bridges have been completed, trail between them is not fully paved. In fall, look for salmon swimming upstream. Watch for emus in a field east of Orting.
Mt. Rainier on the left, trail on right flank the sign. Lahar test, anyone?

Location: Pierce County
City(s): Buckley, Orting, South Prairie, McMillin, Puyallup, Enumclaw, WA
Length: 18 miles.  Approx.

Popularity:
 Rather
Elevation: Flat
     Gain 
     Loss
 
Facilities Trail Condition  
Drinking Water:  Yes
Restrooms:  Yes
Benches:  Yes
Picnic Tables:  Yes
Surface Type:  Paved
Surface Quality:  9
Scenery:  8
Lighting: 0
Ratings:

0 = none/ the worst
5 = average
10 = excellent


Website: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/parks/foothillstrail.htm
Maps:
Foothills Trail sections
Pierce County Bike Map
Regional Trail Plan
Expansions:
0. The Foothills Trail may someday connect to the Interurban and Riverwalk trails.
1. Trail expansion in Enumclaw
2. Expansion to connect with Buckley's segment of the trail is considered - also at http://www.piercecountytrails.org/southprairie.htm
3. Expansion to Wilkeson and Carbonado is planned
4. A segment for potential trail expansion beyond Carbonado has been identified.
5. (Page 6) Expansion beyond the South Prairie trailhead is planned. Right of way through the trailer park has been set up and negotiation with other landowners of pieces of property needed for trail expansion is ongoing.

Directions: From Highway 167 or Highway 512 take the exit to Highway 410. From that, get off at the Orting/Sumner exit, which is Route 162, and head south toward Orting. Turn right onto East Pioneer Avenue then turn right on 134th Avenue East by Van Lierop Bulb Farm. The trailhead is on 80th Street, on the right. There is free parking at all Foothills Trail trailheads.
 

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