Author Archives: Foothills Trails

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

Picnic Shelter Construction Aided by Grant from Puyallup Tribe!

“Veterans Park and those involved with its creation are preparing to celebrate another milestone with the dedication of a new picnic shelter. The park, located at 802 5th St NE, will host a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. July 31. Tom Shriver Sr., past commander and judge advocate for American LegionContinue Reading

Doug “Doc” Tait Memorial Campaign

http://www.gofundme.com/ve86xn8 Many friends of the Foothills Trail remember Doug Tait, or “Doc” as he was better known, as the “Father of the Foothills Trail.” More than anyone else in Pierce County, Doc, who was also Buckley’s beloved town doctor for nearly 35 years before he died in 2003, saw theContinue Reading

Happy trails to us!

Check out a recent News Tribune Article talking about the recent win for the Foothills Trail: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/05/30/3814777_trail-movement-gathering-steam.html?rh=1

Foothills Trail article in Rails-To-Trail Conservancy Spring/Summer 2015 Magazine

Check out this great article on the Foothills Trail! The following is a selection from the Spring/Summer 2015 magazine: Spring-Summer 2015 Rails to Trails Magazine, Foothills article Link to the full publication here: http://magazine.railstotrails.org/resources/magflipbooks/2015_spring/index.html

Puyallup to unveil new adopt-a-trail program in 2015

Recent article in the Puyallup Herald discussing the adopt-a-trail program coming… http://www.puyallupherald.com/2014/12/23/3556345/puyallup-to-unveil-new-adopt-a.html

Foothills Trail bridge destroyed during windstorm

Bad news for the connections from Buckley to South Prairie. http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/11/15/3489658/foothills-trail-bridge-destroyed.html

“Some welcome movement on South Sound trails”

Another great story that talks about the new sections throughout South Sound! http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/29/3939434/some-welcome-movement-on-south.html?sp=/99/122/

“South Sound trails need their next generation of heroes”

This is something I’ve noticed as the new Foothills Coalition webmaster. I think I might be the only one in the room under 40 at monthly meetings. But I sure she a lot more age ranges ON the trail! http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/11/08/3469272/south-sound-trails-need-their.html?sp=/99/1683/