Coal Creek Natural Area

Bellevue, Washington

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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
Distance: 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
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 425-452-6885; parkstrails.myparksandrecreation.com/Details.aspx?pid=463
Local Maps: USGS Bellevue South
Driving Directions: Directions to Coal Creek Natural Area

Recent Trail Reviews

7/6/2014
0

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
0

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


12/1/2011
1

This is a great urban trail. Well-maintained but not over-built, with plenty of cool features to look at. It's a pretty easy hike up the hill but definitely not boring. It's a treat to have walks like this right inside the Somerset neighborhood.


4/13/2008
1

This is a great hike considering the distance to the city and that it is available virtually all of the year. We made our first hike of the season here and it was enough to get a nice glimpse of nature as well as get the blood pumping for the first time. It is definitely worth it to do the side trip to the waterfalls. Even though the trail said it is closed it was no problem at all and there were no issues with the trail conditions.


4/12/2008
0

If you need a quick trip from Seattle into some quiet woods, this is a great place to go. There are a variety of trails ranging from a flat gravel road to a few meandering ups & downs. I was surprised at how quiet the area was eventhough we were still in Bellevue. ple there are. I was also surprised at how confusing the trails were. They are well-marked at junctions. However, there are so many that it's easy to get confused. Make sure you pick up a map at the kiosk and take it with you.



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