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I’ve actually hiked this trail before with my niece, but didn’t record it. I’m glad I stumbled back on it because I could not remember how to get to the trail head. On the rare occasion when I hike alone, I search for medium to heavy trafficked trails. What I love about this trail is that even at 9:00am on a Saturday, the parking lot has a good number of cars. And while the hike is surrounded by lush forests, on ave. I come across people every 5 min. I will be hiking this trail for years to come.

Nice trail. It adjoins to several other trails on Cougar Mountain, so you can adjust the distance you want to hike. And with several trailheads you’ll never get bored with hiking the same path over and over again. As someone mentioned before the trail markers are not always clear on the direction you need to go. Good thing I had my GPS with me, as I went in the wrong direction 3 times.

1 month ago

I love that the trail is actually In Bellevue; close enough for a last minute hike or run.

Definitely need the app to track where you’re going as this is a hike made up of several smaller trails. Great hike. Quiet. Relatively easy/flat.

Didn't think about the creeks drying up when we went but was still a good hike! Ended up going a bit farther and doing around 9 miles. The trail wasn't too busy, long for younger kids but saw several families over a few hours.

Great hike but the waterfall was dried up. We'll come back in the fall and hope to see it then. Lots of bugs, so bring insect repellant!

3 months ago

It was a very enjoyable hike. I wish it was just a little better marked on where to start, but this apps trail GPS worked great.
Only down side was that the falls are pretty dry right now, but an enjoyable little climb for some adventure.
It’s down hill most of the way there, then up hill on the way back.
The ONLY way back is the way you come on the trail. Taking one of the other paths leads you off on a totally different hike.
Had a lot of fun with the family and can’t wait to take them out in the spring.

The trailhead is very confusing and there were a number of shorter trails making up the longer loop which made for a very directionally challenged hike. Beautiful walk but easy to get lost

Hiked on a very sunny day. Not the right season if you are looking for some water. The area is completely dry. Would be a peaceful walk in the woods though.

We turned around and skipped hike after I got scared away with the cougar in the area posting and then the watch out for bear posting.

This trail is kinda hard to find at first I followed the old man trail and get following the signs and eventually found it seems like all the main trails connect at some point. There are a few old mines along the way I counted about 5. You know when you are near because they post warning danger signs. This area used to be part of the Nike Missile military base, the history is on the kiosk at the start of the trail right off the parking lot.
Anyway it was a beautiful hike down to the Coal Creek falls, but there was no falls because it’s the summer months, I may come back in the fall and see if it’s a rushing fall. It was pretty easy to hike overall.

Beautiful hike, very peaceful. No running water in the summer time though! Or at least this year.

Humid and some mosquitos but the repellent seemed to keep them away.

Very quite the morning after Fourth of July. Beautiful woods to wander through. Dog loved it.

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.

10 months ago

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.

on Coal Creek Falls Trail

11 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.

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