Explore the most popular birding trails near Coal Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked this on Mother's Day. It was a great hike. The waterfall was so pretty. Not as many people as more popular hiking spots. Definately a steady uphill for a good portion of the way. I'm a beginner with Asthma and made it. Although I did need to stop a few times for a breather. I'd hike this again. We tracked it at about 4.4 miles starting at the trailhead.

Nice hike on a sunny morning

Well maintained easy to moderate hike. The waterfalls were nice.

Loved the this park! Beautiful day and the most gorgeous waterfall over mossy green boulders. We went specifically on the Red Town Trail. Good incline on a gravel road for the first 1/2 mile or so and the fairly easy after that! Loved how this was close to home and didn’t have to travel to the mountains. Will definitely be going back!

It was easy but it was beautiful by the falls. It gets better once your are off the gravel path.

Good hike. Not too many people this morning. However, I passed 7 dogs and only one had a leash. With all the animals on Cougar Mountain, some scared the daylights out of me if they came behind. Please leash your dogs!!

Easy to access with plenty of trail space and the terrain is not rocky. A good mix of hills and straights for a beginner like myself. If you go counter-clockwise you will have an easier time at the beginning, clockwise you’ll end with more elevation gain. The waterfall was full and is a nice stopping point. Most of the terrain is standard foliage, but there were some areas with silent, moss-covered trees that carpeted the forest in a vivid green and made it more enchanting.

Good hike, worth doing, bit really not much to see other than woods... the waterfall is nice. Lots of access and short cut paths to make the hike shorter or longer.

Easy hike, would be good for young families. Moderate to heavy traffic. With all the recent rain the waterfall was very full and beautiful, but the trail was pretty muddy in spots.

Excellent hike with some trail running on the easier sections. I added the Whitaker Wilderness Peak to Wilderness Creek loop that made it 8 miles and 2500 feet elevation gain. It was a good workout.

should be listed as a 'easy' trail. Gorgeous waterfall. Go early. Lots of afternoon activity.

Went with two kids 3&8 and a dog. Had to carry the 3 year old after half way. No snow, a bit muddy in places. Moderate traffic, some runners.

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6 months ago

Nice, short, mostly easy trail with a beautiful waterfall at the "end" of it as a nice payoff. Go on a rainy day if you want to see a bigger waterfall. During dry weather, it's barely a trickle.

Well maintained trails and a beautiful setting! Only problem is the trail heads are confusing. We pooped around several times, and while we found the swamp and the mine shaft which were great, we never found the waterfalls. Ran into a couple other hikers with the same issue, haha.

Beautiful, easy/moderate hike. Gorgeous, mossy trees, and a beautiful bridge with a dry creek bed :(
Totally dry this time of year. So close to Seattle, it's a nice little day hike.

Hiked on a Sunday evening, clockwise. Ran into a handful of hikers and one jogger. Most of the hike was pretty easy, except there were a few steep sections in the last mile or so. There is a decent view at the top. I would like to come back again to explore the falls, and maybe hike the opposite direction.

Nice trail, well groomed, enjoyed it!

9/2/2017 (Saturday) -- A hot sunny morning in a very dry season, the walk in the woods is still quite easy and pleasant. Instead of the muddy condition in most of the year, the trails are all dry, so are the creeks and falls - no water at all.

A beautiful hike for a sunny day. The trees give you just the right amount of cover so that you don't have the sun beating down on you but can still enjoy it. Some good inclines and it's great for dogs. The water falls have a beautiful eeriness to them and are excellent for breaks and photo ops.

Some parts are a steep incline but nothing unmanageable. Great place to hike with your dog.

not a lot to see.. waterfall was dried up when we went. at first we were disappointed, then we noticed we could climb up the side of the waterfall and explore.

There are no spectacular views along the way. And the trail markers are a tad confusing. But the meandering paths through the forest are quite nice.

This is a tale of two different trail types in one loop. The outbound Shangri La trail is wide, graveled, sloped slightly downward and a walk in the park. The returning Bear Ridge and West Tibbetts Creek trails are uphill, narrower, appear less traveled, and more toward the moderate category. Don't miss the little detour to the lookout near the end of the loop. Overall, an OK introduction to the Harvey Manning trail head. No mud, some bugs.

This loop is almost completely forested with only a short part (Lost Beagle Trail) as moderate. The rest is easy, quiet, and relaxing. Note that the "anti-aircraft ridge" trail is also called the "Harvey Manning" trail on the latest park maps. If you have a relaxing two hours, this is a quick getaway. There was no hoped for viewpoint, however.

Not easy to follow with so many trails on Cougar Mtn, but it's a great compilation of trails to make close to a 7 mile hike.

Well maintained trail, great workout, and beautiful scenery.

some mud but well maintianed. :)

Sunday, April 09, 2017

4/9/2017 (Sunday) - Two hours' walk from Sky Country to Harvey Manning to mark the beginning of the new annual cycle after knee injury.

This was a really nice hike, wasn't wet after all the rain we've had, though there is a few small mud holes along the way - but not unbearable.
We went clockwise but FYI, the 0.5 of Quarry Trail is the steepest going up (almost 400 ft elevation gain) before the falls and another steep section on Cave Hole Trail; made this hike moderate but otherwise easy.
Overall, the first 5 miles was a quiet hike - no one around except a few runners passing by; the last couple miles, basically, saw more people hiking to the falls and surrounding area.

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