December 22, 2021: The project kicked off in late November with initial field work and coordination. This project team is compiling data and will make recommendations on where we need to focus our efforts for the feasibility study. We plan to meet with key stakeholders in January to discuss the process for evaluating the challenges and opportunities that have been identified.
About the Project
The Extension from Cascade Junction to Carbonado is the next step toward realizing the long-term vision of connection the Foothills Trail to Mount Rainier National Park. This project is studying current conditions on the ground, analyzing route options, and identifying permitting requirements. This project will result in a preferred trail route and high-level cost estimates to inform planning and development of the trail.
The project got underway in late 2021 and a report will be available by May of 2022.
The Foothills Trail is a 21-mile non-motorized trail connecting the City of Puyallup and the White River in Buckley. The long-term vision for this trail includes a connection south to Mount Rainier National Park through the communities of Wilkeson and Carbonado.
The Cascade Junction to Wilkeson/Carbonado section of Foothills Trail is in an undeveloped, primitive condition and is closed to public use. Due to flood events in 2008 and 2009, the Wilkeson Creek Canyon (also referred to as Gale Creek Canyon) area has been severely damaged with portions of the old rail bed no longer intact.