Coal Creek Natural Area

Bellevue, Washington 98006

Coal Creek Natural Area

Coal Creek Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Coal Creek Natural Area Reviews

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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.
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9/30/2012
Nice little trail if you are close by but not worth driving to.
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12/1/2011
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.
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4/13/2008
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.
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4/12/2008
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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Trail Information

Bellevue
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6
Distance
550 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year round
Season
50 feet
Trailhead Elevation
600 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Bellevue South
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Activity Feed

Jul 2018