Buckley to South Prairie Foothills Trail

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

The Buckley to South Prairie section of the Foothills Trail is approximately 3.6 miles long. The entire Foothills Trail is approximately 30 miles in length. Presently, there are nine miles of completed trail in three separate areas. This trail section extends from South Prairie Creek in the Town of South Prairie to Junkyard Road west of Buckley. When completed, this section will connect two existing sections of completed trail. Construction of this section of trail is scheduled for 2004. It will be the final section of the Foothills Trail on the mainline section between Buckley and South Hill Puyallup. The completed sections of the Foothills Trail are extremely popular and well supported throughout Pierce County. Using an electronic counter, we have experienced some weekends in which 3,000 users have been counted on the trail. There is also a citizens support organization identified as the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition with about 900 paid members. The Rails-to-Trails Coalition raises money and assists Pierce County in supporting the development of the Foothills Trail. This section of trail has one renovated trestle, two newly built trestles and will require two additional trestles. Pierce County is presently acquiring the final parcels of property in this section.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Pierce County Parks & Rec Category: Trails WWRP Grant: 61554.43 Applicant Match: 149919.92 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 31 Status: Not Completed RCO Project # 02-1034

Location Details

To get to the west end of the project in the Town of South Prairie, take State Hwy 512 east from Interstate 5 south of Tacoma. 512 goes east to South Hill, Puyallup where it turns north and intersects with State Hwy 167. Follow 167 east turning onto State Hwy 410. Follow 410 east to State Hwy 162. Turn south on 162 and follow 162 through Orting and on into South Prairie. The project begins at the South Prairie Creek trestle behind the town Fire Station. The east end of the project may be accessed by following the same directions by taking State Hwy 512 east to South Hill, Puyallup where 512 turns north and intersects with State Hwy 167. Follow 167 east turning onto State Hwy 410. Follow 410 east to the Mundy Loss Rd. Turn south on Mundy Loss and follow to the end of Mundy Loss. Turn east on State Hwy 165. Follow east to Junkyard Rd. Turn north onto Junkyard Rd. The trail pavement from Buckley ends here the this project begins.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.