Coal Creek Natural Area

An easy, 6 mile urban hike with 500 ft in elevation gain. Walk through a canopy of second growth forest in Coal Creek Nature Area to adjoining Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

getting there

Take Exit 10 off of I-405 and drive 1.2 miles east on Coal Creek Parkway. At the bottom of the hill, the parking area in on the left, across from a "No Left Turn" sign. Drive until you can around and approach from the south to enter the Red Cedar Trailhead (200 ft).


  • The east side of The Coal Creek Natural Area is served by the Red Town Trailhead and our Coal Creek route/place.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 640 ft
  • Green Trails Cougar Mtn No. 203S

Upcoming Activities

Adventure Activity - Coal Creek Natural Area

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Let's get adventurous! Mini Mountaineers will experience climbing, hiking, playing in the snow, and more!
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants 2 chaperones
Registration closed Feb 19
Tacoma Branch

GoHike Hiking Trip - 2-5 miles, up to 750 feet gain - Coal Creek Natural Area

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series
Rich in historical artifacts, lush foliage, wooden bridges, and waterfalls, the well-groomed and well-traveled Coal
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Apr 23
Foothills Branch

Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Coal Creek Natural Area

Trail Running Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry
Learn and practice trail running skills at a local frontcountry trail.
Difficulty: Easy
Mon, Jun 28, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closes Jun 26
Foothills Branch
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  • Coal Creek Park
  • Coal Creek Trail

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