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.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Naturalist, Trail Running
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 640 ft
  • Green Trails Cougar Mtn No. 203S
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  • Coal Creek Park
  • Coal Creek Trail

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