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Coal Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (4)

A forested trail meandering through and around the Coal Creek area.


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Map Key

4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

94%

Runnable

631' 192 m

High

67' 20 m

Low

714' 218 m

Up

149' 46 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Runner Notes

A few pronounced roots, but the footpath is well-maintained and there are few chokepoints. The steeper grades make for fun scrambles.

Crowds: Most visitors are between the Coal Creek Parkway lot and the YMCA.

Description

This trail is a nice out-and-back that has a gentle climb on the way out and nice downhill on the way back to the parking lot. It has rivers, waterfalls, and nice, oldish growth forest, all of which are great escapes in an urban setting. The trail is well-maintained from beginning to end. If you are looking for a great trail experience close to Seattle, this is a good choice!

This is a great trail for hot days, as there is ample shade from the dense canopy and an ambient coolness from the nearby creek. There isn't much in terms of lookouts or vistas, but if you're in search of shelter and some quiet, this down-and-back route will provide.

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Zak E

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Coal Creek
Jul 27, 2017 near Newcastle, WA
Late winter rain lets Coal Creek put on a little show.
Jun 9, 2019 near Newcastle, WA
Old hotel wall
Apr 12, 2019 near Newcastle, WA

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May 8, 2021
John M
Generally good trail conditions, some roots and a few short slopes but no major elevation changes. 9mi — 1h 30m
Nov 8, 2020
Allie Riggs
Good downhill on the back half but parking is limited if you start from 119th — better to park at Red town trailhead 9mi
Apr 24, 2019
Brian Olsen
Mar 17, 2019
Bryan E
Just a little snow. Well-maintained trail.
Mar 6, 2018
Stephanie Hardwick
Dangerously muddy. Hard to keep a pace. Very slippery.