Coal Creek Natural Area


Day Hike - Coal Creek Trail

Experience the scenic beauty of the historic Coal Creek Valley enroute, one way, from the Red Town Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to a lunch spot at a picnic table by Lake Washington at Newcastle Beach Park. We return to the trailhead via a car shuttle.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 650 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9 AM at the east end of the Newcastle Beach Park parking lot, reached bey heading west from Exit 9 from I-405 and turning right at the T junction.  No parking pass is required either there or at the Redtown trailhead parking lot. 

We will leave half our cars at the Newcastle Beach Park parking lot and then ride in the other cars to the Red Town trailhead parking lot.  We will then hike one way from Red Town to Newcastle Beach Park, have lunch there at a picnic table by Lake Washington and then shuttle back to Red Town, before returning home.  There is the option after the hike for a refreshment stop at the Newcastle Starbucks.  There are restrooms at Newcastle Beach Park and two portapotties at Red Town, but no restroom facilities elsewhere on the hike.  There will be numerous opportunities for bathroom breaks at secluded trail junctions.   We will likely be back to the Redtown Trailhead by 1 PM.


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
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