Canceled Meetup

Beginner Bike Ride - Orting's Foothill Trail!


Hello one and all! Join us Sunday afternoon, July 28 for our ride on the eastern half of the Foothills Trail, downtown Orting to South Prairie and back. This ride is focused on beginners, so if you’ve never gone on an organized bike ride but would like to try one - this one’s for you. This probably will be our last Foothill Trail ride this year; it's easy and a beauty!

We’ll ride a very gently climbing 8 miles on the car-free, paved bike trail from Orting to South Prairie, where we’ll stop for coffee, snacks and conversation before cruising back. Estimated ride time each direction 30-60 minutes; about 30 minutes-plus stopped at Trailside Coffee (if you feel like sitting around and chatting for a while I won't be in any rush). No-drop aka no-one-gets-left-behind policy; ride leader will ride sweep ie last both directions.

Who may participate: any TMS member, or friend of same, with a bike and helmet. For liability reasons no minors or pets allowed.

Date and time: Sunday, July 28; be unloaded at the Orting Park Bandstand, ready to ride at 2:00pm sharp. Suggested you show up by 1:45pm so you have time to sign in, then unload and get ready. We won’t wait if you’re late, so please be on time! If the weather’s nice (which it should be, forecast is sun and 80 degrees) the area may be crowded, suggest you plan to get there early.

Ride day sign-in: When you arrive please park, come find Ride Leader Jim to sign in before unloading your bike; I'll be either at my Subaru or the bandstand (Big Guy with glasses, black shirt and shorts)++. You'll need your name and cell phone number, your next of kin I mean emergency contact person name and phone number; put all this down on the sign-in form. You'll get a cue sheet (ride description and directions) and a helmet ribbon.

The ride: Starting from Orting City Park Bandstand (across the street from front door of Orting Bakery) we'll ride a pretty flat 3 miles past spectacular Carbon River views. A very gentle climb for the last 5 miles takes us to the tiny burg of South Prairie, where we'll stop for refreshments at Trailside Coffee (literally "trailside", their very nice gazebo is about 10 feet off the trail, on the left). After sitting and chatting for a while we'll enjoy a gentle downhill cruise back to the Carbon River, three more flat miles to ride's end at the city park.

Optional post-ride extra mileage: If our ride wasn't enough for you - after you get back to Orting City Park, and ride's end, you can go off-ride (on your own, no support etc), keep riding NW on the Foothills Trail, another 3 miles to Meeker or 7 miles to the western trailhead at East Puyallup. Our ride is about 16 miles; you can get a total of 22 (Meeker) or 30 (E. Puyallup), or just cruise back and forth for a few days...

What you’ll need: A bicycle that works; a helmet (mandatory!); weather appropriate clothing; money for snacks, a desire to have fun! Highly recommended: a spare tube that fits your tire, a small bike-mounted bag to carry things. Strongly suggested you buy a +/- $20 floor pump, with a pressure gauge, from Fred Meyers or such. This will allow you to inflate your tires at home when necessary; check tire pressures and inflate before rides.

Pre-Ride Prep: Please please PLEASE take your bike for a couple hundred yards' “test ride” at least a few days before the bike ride. If you discover your tires are flat, your gears or brakes don’t work, etc etc you can get these problems solved, either by yourself or at a bike shop. Ride leader will not have time to repair bikes on ride day. Showing up for a ride with a bike that “suddenly” doesn’t work is no fun.

Rain: Heavy rain cancels ride. Light rain – fog – mist – “just another Northwest Summer Day” does not cancel. If conditions are questionable ride leader will, by 11:00am ride morning, post an appropriate Go-No Go note on this page.

Ride start location: Ride starts and finishes at the Orting City Park Bandstand. If you Google Map "Orting Bakery" (212 Washington Avenue North, Orting) and "Trailside Cyclery" (207 Van Scoyoc Ave SW, Orting), zoom in real close so you see both on the map - the bandstand is the square building in the park, between these two. There's a gravel parking road near the bandstand, along Van Scoyoc and next to the park.

Orting Bakery has a great selection of breads and pastries; ride leader Jim will be in there a little after 1:30pm, buying a couple items to carbo-load for this arduous trek.

Bathrooms and water: Bathroom at start (Orting Park) and turnaround point (South Prairie). Bottled water for sale at Trailside Coffee. Driving into Orting there are bathrooms at McDonalds and Safeway; there's a brick bathroom building in Orting Park, about 1 block NE ie 2 minute ride from ride start. No bathrooms on the bike trail, so “be prepared”; after drinking coffee in South Prairie you'll have just enough time to zip back to Orting...

Upcoming rides (tentative):

Saturday, August 10: Seattle's Burke-Gilman Trail

Sunday, August 25: Redmond's Sammamish River Trail

Sunday, September 8: Olympia Bike Club's "Ride The South Sound" with 10, 20, 40, 60 and 100 mile options. This is not a TMS ride; rather an all-roads organized bike tour, like the Tour d'Pierce we did in June. I'll list it on this site as a ride; sign-up on ride website,

Saturday, September 21: Renton's Cedar River Trail

Ride leader: Jim Harvey, email [masked]; phone[masked]. There’s no such thing as a stupid question if you don’t know the answer; if you have any questions, any at all, please contact Jim - the sooner the better.

We hope to see you out there – you’ll have fun!