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walking
2 days ago

Fun hike close to home. There were some steep hills that work your calves. We took our dogs and ran into quite a few people with dogs. Started this hike about 2 and it was moderately populated. There was a little bit of water in the waterfall.

So nice to meander along the Coal Creek looking for little babbling smallerfalls and enjoying the coolness of the little valley. Up to Primrose Loop and back to the main path is nice to get an out-of-city experience in the shade, while staying within the city limits. Bonus points for the gorgeous and plentiful creek bridges all smelling freshly of oil and pine:

Good hike.
A LOT of people thought so.

Good exercise, parking was full at 9am but overflow for $5 was nearby and empty at that time. Dog friendly on leashes.

One of my favorites for shorter hikes.

It’s all worth it at the top, we were lucky to see many paraglider last weekend.

hiking
8 days ago

Much of the trail follows a beautiful stream through relatively dense woods and ferns. The trail is both long and attractive, especially considering its proximity to the city.

great walk with the dog definitely had some switchbacks but I was able to make it without a problem

hiking
8 days ago

Good for a morning walk with a buddy! A little anti-climatic at the turn around, but interpretive signs were pretty interesting. I’d do it again.

trail running
11 days ago

A first for me today.... no not the trail running....
But the BLACK BEAR I ran into near the top!
Let’s just say my run time down was a personal best!

Beautiful forested path along a creek. Some elevation. Dog friendly.

trail running
12 days ago

Coal Creek - Red Town Hike. It’s Good. You can walk or run (almost) through the entire trail. Half of the trail runs by the side of the creek. It’s serene.
Without rain there is little water at this point, but it’s still beautiful. Reasonable amount of Parking space down at Coal Creek Parkway. Kids friendly, Dog friendly.

hiking
13 days ago

8/2/2018 (Thursday) -- The trail condition further improves. Undergrowth on both sides is recently trimmed up to Debbie's View. A new viewpoint is opened about 1 mile up from the trailhead next to a private plot. The viewpoint includes a new bench and a broad opening.

hiking
14 days ago

Cemetery was neat walking and looking for the headstones, was sad to see the blackberry bushes are taking over (I am sure covering many headstones). Ghost town walked right past :(

15 days ago

1st hike of the year. Steep but fun. beautiful views if Issaquah and Mt. Rainier

took my kiddos a few weeks ago and it was awesome... the different views on the way up and at the top are WORTH IT!!! We complete our hike with a picnic lunch at the top and easy walking back down... our group of children aged between 5-9 and all did great on the incline of the hike... there even hidden swing after the trailhead sign that is pretty sturdy and great for the kids

nice trail, good historical markers telling history of the coal mining that went on at the trail location.

Awesome hike! Good steady incline all the way up with a terrific view. Careful on the way down as it can get slippery.

Such a great hike. Bring hiking poles as it can be slippery in places. we started pretty early and the ground was a bit damp. By time we came back down- there was no parking and super crowded. If you want to watch the paragliders but are not able to hike too far- there is a shuttle to take you to the top and back down. had a great time. We even hiked with our bulldog.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice easy hike. Great for trail running. Mostly shaded from the sun. Hikers and runners be alert. A Cougar and kittens were seen a few days ago. The cougars were seen in the northernmost section of the park near Coal Creek Parkway SE and 119th Avenue SE off of I-405.

I really enjoyed this trail! It was well kept after and the dogs and I liked the little bit of trial you could walk through the water. It was their first time in water and once we got to the little waterfall they didn’t seem to mind. Nice, quiet and not heavily trafficked on the weekend we went. We also sort of happened luckily upon the little waterfall, we had no idea because the trial markings weren’t the best that we were coming up onto it.

walking
25 days ago

Easy. super chill. moderate traffic. have gone with my 3 year old. We love to look at the river rocks.

walking
25 days ago

Easy trail with some hills and plenty of offshoots that give your dog lots of access to splash around in the creek. I never did catch the smell of coal.

Great trail, very busy. Big incline at the beginning of the trail but gets easy near the top. It’s a rocky trail. There’s $5 over flow parking which was nice.

Great trail , few people. Lots of extra trails to explore, but you will end up in someone’s backyard if you are not careful. I am not sure who’s house that is up there at the end of the lookout, but they must be kinda ticked off with all the people going up there now. So I avoid the lookout in respect of there privacy.

hiking
29 days ago

i am a total novice. Didn't realize it was in the middle of the west tiger 3 trail. It was steep for me to get there but once finally there it was awesome. worth it for me!

Wonderful views, excellent trail conditions and stunning parasailing at the top...but I’m not posting any pictures of those things. My wife and I along with our Golden Retriever did this hike last Sunday on 7/15; Seattle set a record high temperature of 93 degrees that day. While we had planned well for water that day, we were out by the end of the hike (our dog was well rested and well watered during the day) and all 3 of us were looking for shade and more water...none of which are present at the parking lot. We were overjoyed to find water and shade provided in the parking lot. Truly picture worthy-THANK YOU ACROPARAGLIDING!

trail running
1 month ago

Very very mellow. Plenty of shade. Would probably be great for kids.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail hike is beautiful with dense trees/bushes with birds chirping around you (summer). The peak of Cedar Mountain is not spectacular, but you can see Mt Rainier between distant trees nicely. I read other reviews of this trail regarding mosquitos. True. I would advise bringing mosquito repent (if summertime). They are not over-whelming, but there are a few annoying ones along the trail. I tried out the trail "PRO" version for the first time and glad I used the GPS tracker on the trail map - there are many intersections, thus the tracker was extremely helpful so that I always knew exactly where I was on the map. Bottom line: nice little hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and quite.

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