Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Equestrian Trail, Fitness Trail, Greenway, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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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.
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
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.
Additionally, 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.
Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Grass or Vegetation
Average Grade: 1%
Maximum Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 59
Elevation High Point: 431
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2012
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsBrochure: Foothills Trail brochure
Brochure: Foothills Trail Equestrian Safety Patrol
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.
Pierce County Parks & Recreation Services
9112 Lakewood Dr SW
Lakewood , WA 98499
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