Author Archives: Foothills Trails

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/

A lot of news going around about the trail extension!!

“Those who dream of expanding trails in the South Sound have cause to celebrate – especially those who envision a regional rails-to-trails system…” Full article from the The News Tribune: Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/10/29/3456883/some-welcome-movement-on-south.html?sp=/99/447/#storylink=cpy http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/10/29/3456883/some-welcome-movement-on-south.html?sp=/99/447/ King 5 story: http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2014/10/28/pierce-county-wants-private-property-to-finish-path/18043079/

County prepares to complete Foothills Trail to Buckley

“The Pierce County Council has authorized starting the process of condemning the last four properties needed to complete the Foothills Trail in East Pierce County, more than a quarter-century after the walking and biking trail’s inception….” Great news for the Foothills Trail and Buckley! For the full story, follow theContinue Reading

Sumner Link Trail Opening Celebration, October 23rd at 2 p.m.


The Missing Link- Cityvision Magazine, July/August 2014

In the current issue of Cityvision Magazine, an article can be found about Sumner’s new trail that links to the Interurban Trail. The article can be downloaded here. Also, for more information about the new trail and other Sumner trails can be found at the cities website, http://ci.sumner.wa.us/living/parks-trails/trails/ Cityvision MagazineContinue Reading

Marvin Brandt Trust vs United States of America

Brandt Vs United States March 13, 2014 Let’s start this off with a disclaimer – I am not an attorney and thus I do not give legal opinions. This is just one person, who has some knowledge of real estate and railroads opinion. Is the Foothills Trail in any dangerContinue Reading


Fred Meyer Rewards Program Can Benefit Trail Communities Submitted by Dixie Gatchel Want to help Fred Meyer decide how it donates $2.5 million a year from its community rewards fund? Want to help us fulfill our vision for “Trails Uniting Communities?” It couldn’t be easier. Are you a Fred MeyerContinue Reading