Red Town and Coal Creek Loop Trail

Renton, Washington

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A historic coal mining area, close to Renton, offers children glimpses of century-old mining artifacts in the midst of second-growth forest. A replica coal car filled with coal sits in front of a blocked mine shaft, the Ford Slope Mine, and its vent. The mine shaft dropped 3500 feet to 200 feet below sea level. Nearby look for a display of Asahel Curtis photos of miners and their 1870s vintage railroad and mill. This industry was vital to the growth of early Seattle, and its remnant relics are part of the local heritage. Red Town is the name of the mining community that worked these coal mines until 1926. Tell your kids that children played merry-go-round on the railroad turntable when no one was looking. The town’s baseball team once played ball on the restored meadow the trail passes. A network of trails makes a loop walk possible for kids.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A historic coal mining area, close to Renton, offers children glimpses of century-old mining artifacts in the midst of second-growth forest. A replica coal car filled with coal sits in front of a blocked mine shaft, the Ford Slope Mine, and its vent. The mine shaft dropped 3500 feet to 200 feet below sea level. Nearby look for a display of Asahel Curtis photos of miners and their 1870s vintage railroad and mill.

This industry was vital to the growth of early Seattle, and its remnant relics are part of the local heritage. Red Town is the name of the mining community that worked these coal mines until 1926. Tell your kids that children played merry-go-round on the railroad turntable when no one was looking. The town’s baseball team once played ball on the restored meadow the trail passes. A network of trails makes a loop walk possible for kids.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Renton
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 640 feet
Top Elevation: 640 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 203S Cougar Mountain; USGS Mercer Island, Issaquah
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Town and Coal Creek Loop Trail

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