Lower Coal Creek Trail

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Lower Coal Creek Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellevue, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.2 miles
715 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

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wild flowers



This trail is an excellent finish to the four trails of Coal Creek Park. This trail offers the best views of Coal Creek and offers more of a challenge. The hills are not terribly steep but there are many and opportunity to rest is few. Starting out from the parking lot on SE 60th you will descend into the forest on a set of wooden stairs. The trail will continue downhill for a bit making for an easy trip down to Coal Creek. On your way down you will come across a few switchbacks that will help ease this down hill portion. Shortly, you will come to an opening in the forest, as you pass through you will hear the hum of the power lines above. Moving back into the forest you will be close to reaching Coal Creek. There are a few downed trees on this section of the trail, careful when jumping over as the trail begins to get muddy. You should now begin to hear the sound of Coal Creek. You will catch a quick glimpse of the creek as you come to a fork in the trail. Taking the fork to the right is a large bridge that crosses over the creek. Continue up the trail and it will lead you out onto Coal Creek Parkway. It is a busy road that will lead you to no other trails. Moving North on the trail you will see a sign explaining that improvements are being made to the trail ahead. The trail will narrow and is less maintained, if it is wet out and you do not have a pair of shoes with good grip, you may want to turn back. At first the trail is muddier and along the way you will come across several bridges. Most of the bridges are at some stage of repair or replacement; see my photos to check out the bridge conditions and warnings. One short bridge in particular is about ready to collapse, lucky it is easy to walk around if careful. Nearing the end of the trail you will again reach a few switchbacks, this area is extremely slick. Crossing another newly constructed bridge, you will come to another fork in the trail. Follow the signs, just .2 miles to the end where you will be rewarded with a great view of Coal Creek. Here you will see the two sections of the creek join into a small pond that disappears into a concrete storm drain.

2 months ago

5/27/2018 (Sunday) -- Very rarely used. Primitive woody environment with good shade. Stretch up and down along the deep and wide gorge of Coal Creek. If there is no traffic noise from the busy Coal Creek Pkwy and I-405, one may not feel like in a fully developed residential suburban zone. The trail is dry today, but must be quite muddy in rainy days.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

This is a nice afternoon hike that's easy to get to. Take Coal Creek Parkway south from I405 at exit 10, turn west on SE 60th, and up the hill watch for a stairway and small parking area for three cars. The trail is well signed and mostly well maintained. Some spots are muddy and VERY slick so care is needed and boots are recommended. There is a crossover to the upper coal creek trail toward red town that isn't shown on the map.

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