Terrace Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newcastle, WA that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a well-maintained trail with an elevation of nearly 500 feet with a gentle switchbacks on a rather steep slope of the Cougar Mountain facing the west. The trail belongs to the City of Newcastle rather than the Cougar Mountain Regional Park, and is connected to the main trails (De Leo Wall and Marshall's) of the popular Regional Park, so it is used lightly and quiet. Its lower part features a boulder grove.
11/29/2016 (Tuesday) - After one week, I returned to this trail with Wai for a longer and more complex track to test my knees, which feel OK. The trails on Cougar Mountain seem to be in better conditions than before, especially the Red Town Trail, which has a new layer of gravels. It is a rare sunny afternoon with mild temperature. Viewpoint Trail, which is a bit dangerous, has better traction after rains, and not muddy at all.
11/22/2016 (Tuesday) -- Exactly 3 months after my knee injury, I took this well-maintained short and gentle slope to test my ability, and found I could barely walk up and down with the creaky knees with the help of hiking poles. This trail remained dry in spite of the wet season, just being covered with dried and rotten leaves. It is not yet available on AllTrails, so I add it as a new trail for later use.