Coal Creek Natural Area

Bellevue Washington Hikes

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It might be hard to believe, but this modest park helped build Seattle. Supplying coal to a rapidly expanding population across the lake, the Newcastle mine that used to operate here fueled the region’s explosive growth at the end of the 19th century. Today, the park still serves the city, but as a refuge from the urban sprawl it once spawned, with a trail through a narrow creek ravine leading to two waterfalls and several excellent historical sites.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

It might be hard to believe, but this modest park helped build Seattle. Supplying coal to a rapidly expanding population across the lake, the Newcastle mine that used to operate here fueled the region’s explosive growth at the end of the 19th century. Today, the park still serves the city, but as a refuge from the urban sprawl it once spawned, with a trail through a narrow creek ravine leading to two waterfalls and several excellent historical sites.

© 2016  Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bellevue
Length: 6
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 50 feet
Top Elevation: 600 feet
Local Contacts: 425-452-6885; parkstrails.myparksandrecreation.com/Details.aspx?pid=463
Local Maps: USGS Bellevue South
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Recent Trail Reviews

7/6/2014

Pros: Well maintained shaded trail that's not too steep. Con: The exit / entrance off Coal Creek parkway it blocked with construction. The creek is pretty dry this time of year. We spotted a mama black bear and her two cubs near the YMCA trail.

9/30/2012

Nice little trail if you are close by but not worth driving to.

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