Foothills Trail, near South Prairie, WA --- Yesterday's long run was a struggle at times, but experiencing the new extension of a favorite run route was awesome.
I'm grateful for this trail, one of the few relatively flat, continuous stretches I've found in the South Puget Sound area (essential for flat marathon training). It used to be part of the Burlington Northern Railway, and was abandoned from 1982 until trail development began in 1998. It has beautiful views of Mt. Rainier and the Carbon River. It travels through both forested and open field sections as well as some towns. The Foothills Trail is currently 21 miles long from Puyallup to Buckley. I covered 18 (9 miles out and back)-- a mere portion of its awesomeness.