Foothills Trail: Orting Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Foothills Trail sits atop an historic railroad bed and snakes through the river valley southeast of Tacoma. This 25-mile-long trail is a popular commuter route and recreational destination for bicyclists, while hikers enjoy shorter, more manageable segments of the trail. One of the most scenic sections, best hiked on a clear day for the unobstructed views of nearby Mt. Rainier, begins in Orting and follows the Carbon River upstream through farmland and forest.
Mt. Rainier erupted 500 years ago and sent a 50-foot-deep mudflow down the valley to the northwest all the way to what today is Tacoma. Over time, the long, wide swath of mud settled and became a fertile valley; the Puyallup and Carbon Rivers, which originate on Mt. Rainier glaciers, flow off the mountain and converge on the valley floor southeast of Tacoma."