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Winter Beauty of Coal Creek Falls Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 18 January 2017
Location: King County, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
Roundtrip: 2,8 miles 
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
GPS Coordinates: N  47 32.075  W  122 7.707
Visitor’s Information:

No Pass Required, Dogs allowed on leash

Pictures below will take you to an amazing winter forest of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Enjoy the beauty of winter scenery!

 Winter beauty of Coal Creek Falls Trail, King County, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
General Information:

The Coal Creek Falls Trail is an amazing trail which can be found at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The park itself is located in King County, and is actually considered to be the biggest wildland park, widespread within the urban area, in the whole Washington State.

The Coal Creek Falls Trail is one of multiple Cougar mountain Park trails, running through old-growth forest and leading the hikers to fascinating Coal Creek Falls. Moreover, the trail meanders through a territory which used to be a coal mining site one hundred fifty years ago and now visitors may encounter some relicts and artifacts left from those times.

Winter beauty of Coal Creek Falls Trail, King County, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

We have already visited and described this train in one of our articles, but three years thence we’ve got a chance to visit this trail in winter just after the snowfall. And it’s hard to describe with words what a magnificent spectacle and what a precious experience it is to walk along the Coal Creek Falls Trail through the winter forest!

Winter forest looks like an enchanted kingdom of the Snow Queen. It sank into silence, and peace and quiet surround the travelers sauntering through the woods. This silence and serenity make you to forget about all the fuss and problems of everyday life and give your heart and mind the so-needed rest. 

Winter beauty of Coal Creek Falls Trail, King County, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

The forest of Coal Creek Falls area is beautiful at any season, changing its fabulous outfits from emerald green in summer, to multicolored garment in autumn. But the winter forest is especially beautiful and solemn. Everything is ornamented with dazzling snow, spread on the ground like a white carpet and white coats covering the trees as if protecting them from the winter frost. The forest is flourished by delicate winter jewelry.

Furthermore, hiking the Coal Creek Falls Trail in wintertime you will have a chance to see the admirable 28 feet-tall North Fork Falls in its full power. 

Winter beauty of Coal Creek Falls Trail, King County, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Soaking in the exquisite scenery of the wintry wonderland you shouldn’t forget to be careful and watch your steps as the trail can be really slippery. And of course do not forget to get a map with you for your trip in order not to get lost in the extensive network of the trails of gar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.


These pictures were taken on January 1, 2017

Driving Directions:

From I-90 East take Exit 13 and turn right at the stop sign. Continue to follow Lakemont Blvd SE and in about 3 miles away you will see the Red Town Trailhead parking lot which will be on the left. This is the Cougar Mountain parking area. The Coal Creek trail is across the street from the parking area. There is no cross walks, so be careful while crossing the street.

From Interstate 405, take the Coal Creek Parkway exit to the city of Newcastle; turn left on Southeast 72nd Street and then another left onto Newcastle-Coal Creek Road. There will be a small parking area in about 1.8 miles from the exit.

GPS Coordinates:  N  47 32.075  W  122 7.707

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska

Information: Svetlana Baranova

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