Foothills Trail

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Intermittent Closures between Orting & South Prairie 

3/25/2021 - A section of the Foothills Trail will be closed intermittently from March 31-April 2 for electrical maintenance.  Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will have flaggers available to stop bikers and walkers from using the trail while stringing overhead wire and will stop the traffic for about 5-10 minutes each time they string.  PSE estimates needing to stop trail traffic once a day for the duration of the 3 days, resulting in about 3 closures.  The closed section of trail is just west of South Prairie and no passage or detours will be possible until the overhead work is cleared.  

About the Trail


The Foothills National Recreation Trail sits atop a historic railroad bed and snakes through the river valley southeast of Tacoma. This 21-mile-long trail is a popular commuter route and recreational destination for bicyclists, while hikers enjoy shorter, more manageable segments of the trail. One of the most scenic sections for the unobstructed views of nearby Mt. Rainier begins in Orting and follows the Carbon River upstream through farmland and forest.


The Foothills Trail is a 12-foot wide non-motorized asphalt trail / linear park suitable for bicycles, walking, in-line skates and wheel chairs. It also has a soft shoulder path for equestrians. 


The trail begins in the City of Puyallup at 13810 80th Street and continues through the Puyallup Valley to the City of Orting before beginning a small climb to the Town of South Prairie and City of Buckley. The trail terminates at the White River in Buckley.  The future plan is to continue the trail to Puyallup where it connects with the Riverwalk Trail then ultimately to Tacoma and Sumner where it will connect with the Interurban Trail that now extends through Kent and Auburn. The trail in Buckley will continue east into King County and Enumclaw.