Tag: Foothills Trail

More than 100 bike rides to celebrate Opening Day for Trails on Saturday

Opening Day is a highlight for baseball fans, signaling the start of the national pastime. The Rails to Trails Conservancy wants to do the same for trail use, naming Saturday, April 7, as Opening Day for Trails. The nonprofit supporter for rail-to-trail conversions across the nation aims to kickstart spring trail use with more than …

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Pierce County’s Foothills Trail open for bicycling from East Puyallup to Buckley

The long wait is over. Bicyclists can now take the paved Foothills Trail from the East Puyallup trailhead, through Orting and South Prairie, and into Buckley — a distance of 21 miles. (more)

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Rail-trails offer good views of salmon runs

Every fall, salmon return to their native Puget Sound rivers and streams to spawn. Two excellent vantage points for the spectacle are the Cedar River Trail in King County and the Foothills Trail in Pierce County. I happened to visit both these trails this past week to enjoy our sunny autumn weather. Once we had …

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Bike trails win funding in Washington state budget; closing Foothills Trail gap

Your favorite bike trail might be in line for improvements over the next couple of years after the Washington state legislature agreed to spend $15.6 million on trails in the 2015-2017 capital budget. The bicycle advocacy group Washington Bikes reports the amount is an “all-time high,” and almost a 50% increase over the current 2013-15 …

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Pierce County’s Foothills Trail featured in Rails to Trails Magazine

The magazine published by the nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy features this month one of the most scenic rail-trails for bicycling in western Washington — the Foothills Trail in Pierce County. I know this because I wrote the article. You can read Destination Washington: Following the Foothills Trail at the link. The “destination” article is a regular …

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Pierce County: Fallen tree knocks down Foothills Trail bridge; complicates connection plans

A tree that fell during that series of storms that swept through western Washington last month destroyed a bridge on an isolated portion of the Foothills Trail in Pierce County. The bridge collapse could further complicate plans to close the gap on the so-called “Trail to Nowhere” segment, a 1.2-mile section of the paved Foothills Trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/12/29/fallen-tree-knocks-down-foothills-trail-bridge-complicates-connection-plans/

Gaining access to orphaned section of Foothills Trail in Pierce County

It could be called “The Bike Trail to Nowhere.” A 1.3-mile section of Pierce County’s scenic Foothills National Recreation Trail is paved, bridged and waiting for cyclists, hikers and horse riders. There’s just one hitch — there’s no good way to get to it. Access from the trail in South Prairie in the west is blocked by private …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/26/gaining-access-to-orphaned-section-of-foothills-trail-in-pierce-county/

Bicycling to Mount Rainier and the road to Ipsut Creek

[Update: I just read a good piece about the bicycle riding opportunities at Mount Rainier National Park at the Washington Bikes blog — Biking at Mount Rainier. Here’s a bike trip a friend and I took about four years ago from Bellevue to the Isput Campground at the national park…]

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Aug. 8, 2010 — My bicycling buddy Kazuki and I are shown celebrating the exhilarating experience of crossing the soaring bridge over the Carbon River gorge on the way to Mount Rainier National Park ….

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New Sumner bike trail helps close the gap between Interurban (South) and Foothills Trails

A paved bicycle trail that the city of Sumner built along the scenic White River has gone a long way toward connecting two great rail-trails — the Interurban (South) Trail in King County and the Foothills Trail in Pierce County. The last section of the Sumner Link Trail completed this spring closed a gap in …

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May is National Bike Month — let’s celebrate

As Thursday marked the first day of National Bike Month, and we had spectacular weather in the Pacific Northwest, I decided to mark the occasion by exploring the bike trails around Wilkeson. The old town, by Washington standards, is on the way to the Carbon River Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. It’s economy was …

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