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Red Town Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newcastle, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 173 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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The Red Town Trail is one of the first trails you will come across when entering the park. From the information kiosk walk forward and keep left at the trailhead marker. The trail is very wide when compared to its connecting trails, but it is composed of a mixture of large and small rocks. The trail is named after a mining town by the same name that existed in the late 1800's. The houses were mainly red, hence the name, and served as a railroad depot where coal was carted from the nearby mines to Lake Washington. Other than the houses there was a large hotel in the town which you can still see the boiler rooms foundation. The trail is fairly easy to navigate, it is wide and other than a few bends in the road is fairly straight and level. As you walk up the trail you will be surrounded on both sides by large Douglas Firs. On the first half of the trail you will encounter many people, especially on sunny days, as the trail is the main route to many of the parks waterfalls. If you stay on the trail you will begin to see fewer people but that's not to say that there is nothing to see. If you are hiking in the Spring or Summer you can view some amazing wild flowers towards the end of the trail. After a few twists and turns you will come to a horse watering hole (this is closed in the winter due to freezing). To the right you will see a sign for the meadow restoration project. Following the path, you will shortly come to a gated area and a bench to rest your feet. There are several informational signs in the area that describe the local flora in the meadow. Now that you know what you are looking at enter one of the two gates and explore the short loop of wild flowers. Once done you can return to the trail from the route you took or cross a bridge just North of the meadow which will connect you to the Indian Trail. This is the most frequently used trails on the west side of the park because of how many trails it connects to. Most people hike the Red Town Trail to access the Coal Creek Falls Trail where they can view the popular Coal Creek Falls.

Amenities: -There is no drinkable water located on the trail. Water should be brought with you. -At the end of the Red Town Trail there is a water source for animals, it is located to theleft of the meadow restoration project. -The nearest restrooms are located at the Red Town Trailhead just to the left of the information kiosk.

How to get here: From I-90 East take Exit 13 and make a right at the stop sign. Continue to follow Lakemont Blvd SE and the Red Town Trailhead parking lot will be on the left, about 3 miles away. The parking area holds 25-30 cars and has additional parking is to the left of the entrance. This trail is one of the first trails you will come across when leaving the parking area. Follow the sign heading South on Red Town Trail. At the end of the trail there is a quick detour where you can see the restoration effort of the meadow lands of Cougar Mountain. Connecting Trails: -Cave Hole Trail -Bagley Seam Trail -Rainbow Town Trail -Indian Trail Park Hours: The park is open year around from 8:00AM to Dusk

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Christabel Fowler
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Thomas Munsch
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Nora Davis
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Jasmine M
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Osmany Gomez Andreu
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Nice trail, Medium complexity, family friendly

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Martyn Gurney
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Love this local hike undulating through the valley. You’d never know you we’re so close to residential parts of Newcastle. It is an extension of the Coal Creek Trail and takes you to the Cougar Mountain trail system so you can extend at either end. Starbucks just off the trail at Newcastle Commons for a break

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Nora Satybaldiyeva
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My car was broken into and my fanny pack and wallet were stolen from the trunk.

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Mandi Chien
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Bob The Builder
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there was no water fall when I went :( but nice little hike. Very few people.

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Amanda Racine
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this is a good trail but it actually 3.6 miles, not 2.6.

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Hannah Maher
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Marty Hunt
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This was a great hike. Rated appropriately. Well established trails. Very enjoyable.

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Matt Fay
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Melena Weese
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It was an easy trail for my old pug, 10 & 8 year old, though we only did almost 2 miles, next time the whole way! Most the trails were pretty wide and easy to get out of peoples way. Overall enjoyable for an afternoon!

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Kathleen Rupe
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If you head to the left at first you will have quite a bit of a climb at the beginning of the trail. Lots of spots to go down and check out the creek and mini waterfalls on the way to the main fall. Great area with boulders to climb! Lots of stinging nettle so be aware.

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You Wu
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Shelley Williams
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Trail was slightly muddy in spots. Slow going for us due to pulling puppy, lots of pictures, and stopping for people to distance passing. Waterfall was pretty, but hard when someone was having a meditation/dancing session in everyone picture of the waterfall. So that wasn’t ideal. Wasn’t busy when we started at 8:30, but when we were done at 10am it was a full parking lot and trail was busy. Minimal bugs.

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Maira Wenzel
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Nice kid-friendly hiking. Some muddy patches. Beautiful waterfall on the winter months.

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Captain Broda
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Rachel Jackson
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Good, easy trail for getting out of the house on a rainy day.

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Aaron Unterborn
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Susana Orozco
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Easy fun trail.

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Rozelyn Corrine
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would not recommend with young children. steep small trail areas and falls are tiny right now.

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Ryan Decker
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Nice trail! It is good for a nice cardio. Connects to cougar mountain if you want to add in some harder trails.

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David Young
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Nice trail, well maintained and marked.

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Geoff Young
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super fun. sense forest, but open trail. there are tons of variations to take, to tailor the length to whatever you want. 2.5 miles up to about 6 miles.

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Danxiang Wsng
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