De Leo Wall Trail

MODERATE 110 reviews

De Leo Wall Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Newcastle, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
744 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


over grown

Poorly marked trail. Very confusing to find De Leo Wall trail. Most of the hike to De Leo Wall in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is easy, with a couple of tough climbing sections. The trail is suprisingly remote given its proximity to civilization and the views from De Leo Wall through the tops of madrone trees are amazing. Cougar Mountains trail system is complex and although the trails are well signed, a map isnt a bad idea.

2 months ago

Last weekend my golden retriever pup and I enjoyed this trail.

2 months ago

nice trail but can be lost in there without a GPS.

3 months ago

The hike itself is ok, but as others have mentioned, the “view” is underwhelming and does not make for much of a destination. Opt for the Big Tree Ridge Trail instead if you want a truly stunning view from Cougar Mountain. Also, the only moderate section of this trail is the somewhat steep decline to the so called lookout. This can easily be bypassed by continuing down the main trail and then traversing .1 mile to the lookout. Traverse back and finish the loop.

7 months ago

Nice view but small view point and trees block view little

7 months ago

I couldn't neccessarily find the De Leo Wall trail because tho it was marked on the map, there was no "you are here" point. Also, none of the trails were marked De Leo Wall.
However, this was a fun little hub of interconnected trails.

8 months ago

Went over the summer, and the hike was eclipsed by how buggy it was. Very pretty, though.

8 months ago

Nice walk in the fall, even after rain. The road is still not that wet. One thing to remember is the viewpoint is nothing but a small platform with little view to Renton direction thru trees. And if you continue after the view point, make sure you do not turn right into a way to local community. Always check GPS for right turns.

10 months ago

There were others on the trail, but it didn't feel busy. Even though it is close to neighborhoods, it feels remote.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A bit shorter and not much elevation. I would consider it a easy hike. A few pretty views but not breath taking. Geocaching treasure hidden ☺️ bring a little nic nac to leave behind if you find it!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The view from De Leo Wall is underwhelming. But the journey itself is quite pleasant.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Got to the trail head around 8:30 this morning and there were only a few cars in the parking lot. I like that you don't need any parking permit for this trail. The map was very useful for navigating all the forks in the trails. Followed to the de leo wall lookout point. Not sure if the lookout point was worth it. It was very steep to go down and you don't actually look at anything other than trees. Followed the trail down there back to the de leo wall trail. I didn't follow the loop to go back the way I came. Instead wandered longer on some of the other trails. That's the part I liked most about this area. You can go on a short walk or go longer by using connecting trails. Will probably go here again to explore other parts.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Quiet and peaceful with a bit of a workout. The loop was taken counterclockwise to avoid steep climbs. Taking the viewpoint #2 trail option had some issues: 1) the trail marker was broken off and left leaning on a tree about 50 yards past the trail - walk back and you'll see the trail downward;. 2) the trail down is getting overgrown and is steep and rocky / sandy / slippery - trekking poles are highly recommended for downhill safety; 3) the view is partially obscured by vegetation; 4) after the trail (you kept going after the viewpoint rather than a tough climb back up), the next trail marker would have you turn left but that takes you back clockwise - instead, just keep going straight to continue.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

It felt like I was in a rainforest and as if there was no city around me! Beautiful, lush, and the birds were lovely!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

It's a time pass trail. No such interesting view of Renton downtown. A family friendly till view point and a 400ft elevation (steep)for next .2 miles climb if you wanted to continue the loop.this stretch can be tough for kids.
Keep maps handy as there are many deviation and easy to loose your way.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nice viewpoint up there. Great marked as well!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pretty view overlooking Renton and the surrounding wilderness.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Easy. Nice lookout in the middle of the loop.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

It was Real great ! It wasnt so bad at all. Great features and trails and everything.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

8/6/22016 (Saturday) -- We moved up to De Leo Wall from Newcastle Highlights rather than Red Town TH, then moved counter-clockwise to the east, took Indian broadway, then Marshall's Hill as a loop. This is a cool cloudy morning with temperature at around 57F. The trail is very dry, so is the terrain as a whole in this season.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

We had a fun time. The trail was was well marked and shady.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Very pleasant hike. Well maintained and well marked. Lots of opportunities to connect to other trails if you want to extend your hike. We met several other hikers and runners, but the trail wasn't crowded at all for a summer Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Great exercise close to the city, kids loved watching out for slugs on the trail, but not much scenery just heavy forest. Good hike, but better places in the area

Monday, June 13, 2016

A gentle hike that can be enjoyed by many regardless of age or fitness level. I enjoyed the community of people and dogs that shared this trail.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

good workout, specially if you go down to view point and up again to trail

Friday, March 18, 2016

3/17/2016 (Thursday) - 9:45 - 11:45, sunny springtime, 44-49F. I moved up along Newcastle's Cross Town Trail. At the open view point, I could see Mt. Rainier clearly, and also the Olympic peaks. The view point is not inside the boundary of the park, so that section of trail is not well-managed, with surface dangerously inclined outward to the steep cliff. That's why I did not bring other people together. On the eastern end of the section, the trail merges to De Leo Wall. One may select to go further downhill to the east, or turn left and move upward to the highest point of De Leo Wall. I turned left and completed a loop, then moved down to my parking place along Newcastle Cross Town trail.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Hard to find the lookout

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

We walked up to the lookout spot, but the view was so so. I enjoyed the actual nature around the trail more than the overlook.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I think this would be a boring hike, but 4 stars as a run. The views were not very good but the trail was well maintained and compatible with trail running.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

just did this trail tonight. I am not sure why a lot of people can't follow the map. trail is very well marked. Anyway. great evening hike. nice views of Ranier. I also came across a bear cub so use caution.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Another training trail close to town. This one actually has a territorial view or two to enjoy. I think this is one of the better parts of the Park.

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