Author Archives: Foothills Trails

Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition – Racism

Below is an announcement against all Racism that was brought before the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition members at their June 25, 2020 General Meeting which was discussed and supported by ALL members.   The members of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition believe that Black Lives Matter, on and off the trail. Therefore,Continue Reading

Foothills Trail is open for all to enjoy

Our 20-mile paved section of the Foothills Trail between the East Puyallup Trailhead and Buckley is fully open and ready to be enjoyed. Our 15-mile unpaved trail section between South Prairie and Mount Rainier National Park is partly closed in several sections. The Gale Canyon section was hit very hardContinue Reading

Foothills Trail Closed near Orting

Thursday, February 6th 2:00pm, out of an abundance of caution Parks will expand the closure of the Foothills Trail from the City of Orting east to the town of South Prairie. The height of the Carbon River at Voight’s Creek is the main consideration in this decision  

Foothills Coalition Annual Meeting Dinner

Trail Supporters and Community Members Please consider joining us on Thursday, January 23, 2020, for our 30th annual dinner and meeting of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition at the Farm 12 Restaurant & Events Center located at 3303 8th Ave. SE in Puyallup. (At the Historic Van Lierop Bulb Farm andContinue Reading

The Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition has lost a dear friend Don Partington

The Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition has lost a dear friend, an all-around good guy and our work party hero, Don Partington. Don has been active in the Foothills Coalition for over 30 years and the work party chief for most of those years. You name it and Don has done it,Continue Reading

Foothills Trail Section is Open!

Some very good news from Pierce County Parks’ North Region Manager, Kyle Wintermute, in time for your Thanksgiving festivities;  “Foothills Trail pin pile bridge section is fully repaired and open for use !!” Thanks to the community for their patience during the repairs and a special thanks to our partners atContinue Reading

Bridging Communities from King County TV

A nice video that talks about the connection of Foothills trail from King County to Pierce County.   **For an HD version, click on the link below. Change settings of video to 720 HD https://archive.org/details/Foothills_Trail_-_Bridging_Communities

Foothills Trail president Gordon ‘Buzz’ Grant made converting rails to trails his life’s mission

A good man has passed. Last week, the acting president of the Foothills Rails-to-Trails coalition died in his home in Puyallup. See The News Tribune’s article with the above named title: Foothills Trail president Gordon ‘Buzz’ Grant made converting rails to trails… A wonderful slide show was made in hisContinue Reading

LOOKING for a Foothills Coalition Courtesy Patrol Leader!

Foothills Coalition Courtesy Patrol Leader By Bill Hilton, Editor of Foothills Rails-To-Trails Coalition Newsletter The Rails-to-Trails Foothills Coalition is looking for a Courtesy Patrol Leader. The Foothills Coalition would like to re-establish the Courtesy Patrol with the purpose of providing information and assistance to users of the Foothills Trail whileContinue Reading

SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge near Buckley closes Thursday, Aug. 16…

SR 162 Spiketon Creek Bridge near Buckley closes Thursday, Aug. 16, four days ahead of schedule… https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/news/2018/08/16/sr-162-spiketon-creek-bridge-near-buckley-closes-thursday-aug-16-four-days-ahead This should not affect the Foothills trail itself.

Good news for continuing the path!

  County planning to finish Enumclaw trail, build bridge over White River $2.8 million was allotted in the state legislature’s capital budget this year to jumpstart the project, which is expected to be compete between 2020 and 2021. By Kevin Hanson Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:05am NEWSENUMCLAW The Foothills Trail isContinue Reading

Sneak Peek of new section of trail from South Prairie to Buckley!

A great article (if we do say so ourselves) in The News Tribune about the new section of trail in Buckley. It will connect South Prairie trail with Buckley. The aim is to complete it by the end of 2017. http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article183505931.html

Adventurer of the Week: Foothills Trail Coalition president Buzz Grant

A recent store in the Tacoma News Tribune showcased the coalition’s president, Buzz Grant! Highlights: Grant is in his sixth year as Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition president The June 4 Rainier to Ruston Relay is organization’s biggest fundraiser Coalition gave $50,000 to trail extension project that starts June 7 Read moreContinue Reading

Groundbreaking Ceremony to connect trail between South Prairie and Buckley!

A Photo Tribute and Fond Farewell to Dr. Ernie Bay

Taken from Marian and Jerry Betzer and the Fennel Creek Trail Advocates’ compilation.       June 30, 2007:  Fennel Creek Watershed and Trail Tour 2014 Victor Falls Park and Viewpoint opens to the public                 Photos and tribute courtesy of Marian Betzer FennelContinue Reading

Another tribute to The Late Ernie Bays.

“Highlights Puyallup’s Ernie Bay was Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition’s first president Bay was founding member of Friends of the Puyallup River Walk Inspired others to become trail advocates” Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/article69464562.html

Ernie Bay passes at 86. Pivotal member of the community and trails movement.

The Foothills Trail lost one of its most ardent champions March 18 with the death of  Ernie Bay at age 86. No one called him Dr. Ernest Clayton Bay, even though he was a former Cornell University entomology professor. He was “Ernie” to everyone.  The first part of his emailContinue Reading

New Race Director for our upcoming races!

Rainier to Ruston and the B & O Half-Marathon have a new race director! Here is a great story in The News Tribune about the new race director, Sabrina Seher. Both of these races are the main fundraisers for the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition. http://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/article54803160.html

Foothills Trail Emergency Levee Repair Starting Week of November 9

PLEASE NOTE: The onslaught of rain these past few days caused damage on a section of the levee between Voight Creek Bridge and 197th Ave. E. in front of Zirkel Access Road.  Pierce County Public Works will shut down this section of trail.  The project will start next week and takeContinue Reading

News from the Forevergreen Trails Conference

Oct.14, 2015: Tony Tipton, Director of Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services announced that Pierce County had acquired a “Possession and Use Agreement” for the remaining landowners in the section of the Foothills Trail from Buckley to South Prairie. This means that Pierce County can use the land for planning,Continue Reading