Author Archives: Foothills Trails

Dixie Gatchel’s Celebration of Life

Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition and Friends, Enclosed please find information about Dixie Gatchel’s upcoming Celebration of Life. It will be held on Thursday, August 19th from 6-9pm at Farm 12 Restaurant and Events and will outdoors, see below. If you’re able to attend, please RSVP on the Foothills Trail Coalition’s Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/Q05pJxPY Please share this with anyone you knowContinue Reading

B&O Half Marathon & 10K


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 eachContinue Reading

We’ve Lost One of the Best

  Cherished community lead­er Dixie Gatchel, age 96, passed away on February 6, 2021. Dixie was born in La Grande, Oregon and graduated from high school there in 1942. Dixie did venture off to California to at­tended San Jose State College and eventually to Portland, Ore­gon where she would meetContinue Reading

Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition Gives Back

Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition gives back to local communities during COVID-19 pandemic November 13, 2020 In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition has stepped up to support local communities. The non-profit organization is adding “Giving with our Hearts to Help Others” to its prevailing mission of assistingContinue Reading

Foothills Trail – Tree Down 11-6-20

Just received notification that a tree is down on the trail. The location is near the McMillan Trail Head, about 3 miles before Orting next to Highway 165 and just south of the Puyallup River Crossing.

Voight’s Creek Bridge Repairs Complete

From Pierce County Parks Department: 10/08/2020 – The Voight’s Creek Bridge on the Foothills Trail which was damaged during last winter’s high waters is now fully repaired and open for use! Thank you everyone for your patience during these repairs and thanks to our Parks crew and project managers forContinue Reading

Bridge Repair – Trail Closed

Good news and bad… The good news is, the Voight’s creek bridge repair is going to be underway soon, fixing the damage from last winter’s high waters (the bridge was undermined by high waters and the paving of the trail is losing its support). The contractor had an opening inContinue Reading

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