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Connecting communities in Pierce County from Mountain to Sea.

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Our mission is to assist Pierce County communities in the creation, maintenance and usage of a connected system of non-motorized trails for healthier people from Mt. Rainier to Puget Sound.

The development and maintenance of rail trails connects communities, provides safe access for outdoor actives promoting health and fitness, establishes “green” transportation corridors, preserves and protects the environment, and promotes economic revitalization and historic preservation for the communities they serve.

Coalition Initiatives

A bold vision to connect Mount Rainier to the Puget Sound

Our vision is to create a continuous, non-motorized trail to connect Mount Rainier National Park to the Puget Sound, from Carbon Canyon to Point Defiance

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Serving the communities of Pierce County and Beyond

The Foothills Trail serves as the “spine” of the Pierce County Trail System, running through the communities of Buckley, Carbonado, Wilkeson, South Prairie, Orting, Puyallup and Sumner.

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With forests, rivers, open farmland and stunning views of “The Mountain”, the Foothills Trail has something for everyone. Whether you hike, bike, walk, or run, you won’t regret a day on the trail!

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“We know that trails are more than remote footpaths; they are also retreats found within heritage corridors and urban areas, which are accessible and critical to the mental and physical well-being of our citizens.”

— Fran Mainella, Director of NPS, 2003

The Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Mailing Address: Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition PO Box 192 Puyallup 98371

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