Coal Creek Natural Area


Day Hike - Coal Creek Trail

Get me out of the house last minute hike. Let's do a suburban wildlife corridor in Bellevue. There is weather window Sunday of cloudy, 50 degrees, 7 MPH winds and 15-25% showers. See note below.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 644 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph

Meet at 9:00 AM At the Park and Ride Lot at Newport Covenant Church, 12800 Coal Creek Parkway SE, Bellevue. It is just up the hill from I-405 at the Coal Creek Exit on the Northeast corner of the intersection with Factoria Blvd SE.  There is no church service Sundays due to covid, so there should be plenty of parking. Look for my silver Toyota minivan.

This trip is a bit different and longer/more difficult than the one listed in the route and places.  We will plan to hike the entire Coal Creek trail from about I-405 to the Red Town TH.  This is 9.5 miles RT and 1700' gain. Expect waterfalls, creeks and likely mud on the trail.  Could be slippery, good boots may be in order, trekking pole if you like.  We will go at a steady pace and stop at places that look interesting.  While only about 15-25% chance of showers, bring full rain gear and a lunch and water. There will be about 3 blocks of busy street sidewalks to endure until we get to the wooded trail.


Coal Creek Natural Area

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
  • rain gear
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