Red Town Meadow

Bellevue, Washington

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Sometimes we humans do get it right and this area proves it. The old mining community of Red Town built a ball field in a previously spectacular meadowland, and when King County Parks reclaimed Cougar Mountain, a few advocates—most notably the venerable guidebook author and wildlands protector, Harvey Manning, and his daughter and fellow advocate, Penny Manning— fought to restore the meadow to its natural state. Hundreds of volunteers helped plant native grasses, trees, and shrubs, clearing out invasive species such as Scotch broom and blackberry vines. They toted tons of topsoil and cleared human relics. As the native plants took root and flourished, native birds and beasts moved in and prospered. Today, this area offers a stunning experience of a native foothills forest meadow— complete with mosquitoes, so come fall through spring to avoid these summer pests.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Sometimes we humans do get it right and this area proves it. The old mining community of Red Town built a ball field in a previously spectacular meadowland, and when King County Parks reclaimed Cougar Mountain, a few advocates—most notably the venerable guidebook author and wildlands protector, Harvey Manning, and his daughter and fellow advocate, Penny Manning— fought to restore the meadow to its natural state.

Hundreds of volunteers helped plant native grasses, trees, and shrubs, clearing out invasive species such as Scotch broom and blackberry vines. They toted tons of topsoil and cleared human relics. As the native plants took root and flourished, native birds and beasts moved in and prospered. Today, this area offers a stunning experience of a native foothills forest meadow— complete with mosquitoes, so come fall through spring to avoid these summer pests.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bellevue
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: King County Park sand Recreation
Local Maps: Green Trails Cougar Mountain No. 203S
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Town Meadow

Recent Trail Reviews

6/19/2011
0

Very nice hike, kind of muddy in spots. The meadow wasn't very obvious and we passed by it twice before we realized where it was.


2/21/2009
1

Gorgeous, there isn't much blooming in the meadow yet but you can see all the care put into getting it ready for Spring. The trails are very well maintained.



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