Coal Creek Natural Area


Day Hike - Coal Creek Natural Area

Very nice low elevation approx 12 mile hike from the base of Cougar Mountain to Lake Washington waterfront and back. Surprisingly fun intercity hike mostly in the woods!

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 to 2.5mph

7:30am at the Red Town Trailhead on Cougar for parking (The trail begins across Coal Creek Parkway from this parking lot.)


One of the longest intercity hikes mostly on trails within both the Seattle and Bellevue area.  Most of the hike you feel you are in the woods.  We do come out of the woods for the last mile to walk 2 blocks on regular city roads and then get onto a walking/bike path that takes us to Newcastle Beach Park where we will have our lunch break.  

Make sure you are ready for this distance to hike at a pace of at least 2.0 miles per hour or more.  Due to lack of much elevation, I typically like to hike this quickly to get in some good exercise.

***Phase 2 Hike***


Coal Creek Natural Area

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Mask and Hand Sanitizer
  12. Additional items listed in hike email sent to participants 1-3 days prior to hike.
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