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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog, Cycling Routes, Events, Pierce County | 0 comments

Tour Central Pierce County June 30

Foothills Trail

The flat Foothills Trail is family-friendly and has great views of Mt. Rainier.

The hills, trails and roads of central Pierce County will be filled with cyclists this Sunday, June 30, for the 23rd annual Tour de Pierce.

The ride includes 12-, 30- and 50-mile routes.

The 12-mile route loops through Sumner and the edge of Puyallup, using part of the Foothills Trail. On the 30-mile route, you’ll actually set your wheels briefly in King County on a north loop that follows the West Valley Highway into Pacific before heading down past Bonney Lake and picking up the north end of the Foothills Trail to get back to Puyallup.

The longest ride takes you on the 30-mile course but adds the rest of the Foothills Trail and a loop at its southeast end to build up to 50 miles.

The tours start at the gold parking lot at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

Sponsors include the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club.

According to the News-Tribune, organizers expect 500 to 600 people. If you’ve ridden it before, you might be interested to learn that the routes have been streamlined so it is clearer in some confusing spots, especially in Sumner. There will, of course, be Dan Henry road markers pointing the way.

Besides offering great views of Mt. Rainier if it’s a clear day, this ride would provide a good look at a safe street route to the Tacoma area from south King County.

Register through Pierce County Parks and Recreation.

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