Foothills Trail – Orting to S. Prairie

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 purpose of this agreement is to construct a 6.1 mile trail along an abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way. The proposed asphalt trail will be 12′ wide with 2′ shoulders. A parallell 8′ wide natural surface trail will be constructed for backpackers and equestrian users. Trailheads, located west of South Prairie and east of Orting, provide restrooms and parking for RV’s, cars and trailers. These will be expanded with the addition of picnic facilities and signage. This project is part of the Foothills Trail which is a 24 mile segment of the Nisqually to Mt. Rainier Trail System.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Pierce County Parks & Rec Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $281,492.00 Applicant Match: $656,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Pierce Legislative District: 31 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 96-1140

Location Details

From Tacoma - going South to 512 turnoff - 512 towards Puyallup - to Pioneer Way East - right on 162 Pioneer Way to Orting - through the Community of Orting on 162 - trail starts at the Eagles Building - continue on 162 to South Prairie - trail follows much of 162.

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.