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South Prairie to Buckley
Section phasesAbout the Section
This trail section extends from South Prairie Creek in the Town of South Prairie to Buckley. The main stem now stops at South Prairie, about three miles short of its planned end point on the edge of Buckley. When complete of the trail will extend from Puyallup to the long awaited connection to the Town of Buckley.

On June 15, 2008, we began construction on Phase 1 by adding another mile section of the trail from South Prairie that will include two pedestrian bridges. The bridges will cross South Prairie Creek and Lower Burnett road and will carry the bike path from South Prairie to Buckley.

Pierce County Parks is currently working to secure trail grant monies from the state to build Phase 2, the next 1.3 mile section of trail. Phase 2 will connect the current trail just south of the Town of Buckley to the South Prairie Phase 1 trail section. Construction of Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in 2010.

A third phase will connect the trail from the Town of Buckley to the current trail end in the Town of South Prairie at South Prairie creek is also planned for construction in 2010.

South Prairie TrailheadThe South Prairie Trailhead
The South Prairie Trail trailhead will have parking for 20 vehicles, plus an information kiosk and a sani-can enclosure. This section of the Foothills Trail will eventually link with the towns of Buckley to the east and Orting to the west.

GPS Coordinates
  • y 662756.6608 Longitude - 122.09349
  • x 1243877.22727 Latitude - 47.13974

Workers on Lower Burnett TrestleThe Lower Burnett Trestle
This section of the Foothills Trail is a 150 foot span across South Prairie Creek about one mile east of South Prairie. The original railroad trestle in this location was removed in 1983. This new bridge was made possible by the combined resources of several different agencies. The Foothills Rails-to-Trail Coalition purchased and fabricated most of the necessary materials.