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

This project involves the aquisition of almost 25 miles of abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way that was purchased for a multi-use (non-motorized) trail system in central Pierce County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Pierce County Parks & Rec Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $500,000.00 Applicant Match: $500,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 28, 31 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 91-122

Location Details

East Pierce County extending from the City of Orting throught the communities of South Prairie, Cascade Junction and Wilkerson along the abandoned Burlington-Northern railroad right-of-way. Foothills - Orting to South Prairie 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. Foothills - Cascade Junction to Carbonado A part of the abandoned Burlington Northern Railroad from Cascade Junction to Wilkeson to Carbonado. From Olympia on I-5 north to the Hwy 512 turnoff, take Hwy 512 to Pioneer exit, take Pioneer to Route 162, Take Route 162 to Route 165. Take Route 165 to Burnett, Wilkeson, & Carbonado. GIS for this section of the trail is: 47 08' 26"N to 122 05' 57"W South Prarie-Cascade Junction Road or 47 04" 48"N to 122 02' 50"W Carbonado - Highway 165. Primary point - GIS information is for the Orting to South Prairie section of the trail.

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.