The main section of the Foothills Trail begins in East Puyallup and travels 19 miles to the City of Buckley.
The Buckley to Cascade Junction is a 2.4-mile paved section of the
Foothills Trail that starts at the White River at the north end of
Buckley. It passes the stadium for the annual logging contests and a
historical display of log-industry artifacts. The pavement ends at a
use-at-own-risk sign south of town.
This trailhead is a paved section through the town of Buckley and north about one mile beyond Ryan Road. This section runs from about a mile into the woods southwest of town along state Route 410 to the northern edge of town. By 2006, the trail is expected to connect South Prairie into Buckley, which already has a 1.5 mile of asphalt trail.
From state Highway 167 and/or 512 take the state Highway 410 exit. From Highway 410 turn on to Highway 165 and Buckley Trailhead is on the right (south) side of the road.
The next extension will connect the trail from South Prairie to the already completed Buckley section. King County, Pierce County, Buckley and Enumclaw are planning a bridge across the White River that will connect the trail to Enumclaw's existing trail.
Two more trail sections connecting Cascade Junction, which is located just east of South Prairie, to the Town of Wilkeson and later into the Town of Carbonado, are still in the design stage.
To pick up the trail from here, follow state Route 162 to Buckley or state Route 165 to Wilkeson.
Despite the four bridges (one 400 feet long) and 1.3 miles of paved surface, this area is rarely visited because of its difficult access. Additionally, as of spring 2015, bridge damage on the trail segment's northern end has made access even more difficult. This segment ends at a gate just short of Cascade Junction. Do not use the private road in this area.
Parking and Trail Access
For the closest access to Cascade Junction, from the intersection of SR 167 and SR 410 near Sumner, follow SR 410 toward Yakima. Go 11.8 miles, and bear right onto SR 165/S. River Road. Look for a gravel parking lot on the right in about 1 mile.