May Creek trail bridge

NEWCASTLE TRAILS May Creek trail bridge

 

About Newcastle Trails

NEWCASTLE TRAILS is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit volunteer organization focused on the preservation, expansion, and maintenance of trails within the City of Newcastle, Washington.

We recommend trail routes, identify priorities, and maintain a registry of volunteers to assist the City in trail work. Trail efforts will be planned and budgeted by the City in conformance with the Parks and Trails Plan.

Members need not reside in Newcastle, and equestrians are welcome. There are no dues. We communicate primarily by email. For more information, contact info@newcastletrails.org.

BOARD MEMBERS:
Garry Kampen (President)
Jim Price (Vice President)
Peggy Price (Treasurer)
Erica Wood (Secretary)
Bill Burris (Boy Scouts)
Giles Velte (Archivist)
Wes Maldonado
Bruce Christopherson

Terrace Trail

The Terrace Trail was Newcastle Trails' major project for 2007-2008, carried out in cooperation with the City of Newcastle, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, local Scout troops, and others. It replaces a storm-damaged informal trail with a carefully designed new trail with easier grades and better drainage.

The trail winds up the forested DeLeo Wall from the historic Thomas Rouse Road (144th Place SE) to the Terrace subdivision, with links to Cougar Mountain Park. The route features large trees (some storm-toppled), ferns, views, and huge moss-covered boulders (glacial erratics). It also provides a display of the trail-builder's art: curbing and steps of stone and wood; dips, slopes and ditches for drainage; switchbacks; even a passage through a tree.

The trail is about two-thirds of a mile long, about a half-hour walk each way. Cougar Mountain Park can be reached from the upper trailhead at the Terrace by walking a short distance on sidewalks: walk downhill to the first intersection, turn right, and follow the street uphilll into the park.

Directions to lower trailhead: See street map (route shown in green). Take Coal Creek Parkway to SE 91st Street (north of May Creek, at traffic light). Follow SE 91st east past the Highlands gatehouse. At the T (Highlands Park) turn left and follow 140th Ave. SE as it curves right (becoming SE 90th St.) and left (becoming 144th Ave. SE). At the T, turn right onto SE 87th St. The trailhead is one block straight ahead (east), just beyond the vehicle gate. Walk past the gate; the Terrace Trail begins at the steps.

Trail map: The sidebar has links to a trail map and guide. Look in the lower right-hand corner of the map for the Highlands and Terrace trails (solid green lines).

 

Events

Calendar (2018)

July 10 — YMCA Trail Walk (5:30 PM)

July 25 — Wednesday NT Board Meeting (7-9 PM)

July 29 — IATC Trail Walk (9:30 AM)

August 14 — YMCA Trail Walk (5:30 PM)

The events above are all open to the public. Details below.

Trail Walks

The YMCA is sponsoring 3 summer trail walks, starting from the Y on the following dates and times: June 20, 11 AM; July 10, 5:30 PM, August 14, 5:30 PM.   Hike with Y staff and Newcastle Trails' Eva Lundahl to learn more about the network of trails in the Y's backyard. Hikes are roughly one hour long for all skill levels. Wear sturdy shoes.   For more information on trails in and near Newcastle, check NT's Trails Map and Trails Guide, or contact Heyns Mouton at hmounton@seattleymca.org.   Eva is the author of a book on local trails (see Trail Book and Trail Talk above).

July 10 (Tuesday), 5:30 PM,   1 hour Primrose Loop Hike starting from the YMCA led by Eva Lundahl and Heyns Mouton from the Coal Creek YMCA. nbsp Wine social at Y and book sale to follow. hike Contact Heyns at hmouton@seattleymca.org

July 29 (Sunday), 9:30 AM,   Steve Williams leads an Issaquah Alps Trails Club hike from Cougar Mt. - Marshall's Hill / DeLeo Wall loop.   It is a "very easy" hike of 3 miles, 450' gain, slow pace.   See the viewpoint and trails threatened by clearcut logging.   These are Issaquah Alps Trails Club hikes which meet and car-pool from 175 Rainier Blvd. S. in Issaquah. (To join us in Newcastle, call Steve Williams for arrival time and place. (425) 453-8997.

Monthly Board Meetings

The Newcastle Trails board meets the fourth Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted), 7-9 PM at Regency Newcastle, a retirement community at 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road (just off Coal Creek Parkway). Board meetings are open to the public. If you plan to attend, check the web site for last-minute changes and/or email NT at info@newcastletrails.org.



When You Walk Our Trails

Consider carrying a litter bag or clippers, picking up litter or trimming intrusive plants as you go.  Many trail users do this from time to time, and it's a great help.  You can remove fallen branches, but for major problems - a fallen tree or washout - call the City of Newcastle at 425-649-4444.  Better yet, file a written report with the City using the online application YourGov or its cellphone app, as described below.

Report Trail Issues Using YourGov

Trail or non-trail maintenance issues ranging from downed trees to vandalism can be reported to the City using the web application YourGov from your desktop or laptop computer.  You can also install the YourGov app on your Android or iPhone to report on the go (and include a photo of the problem).   YourGov will use the location of your device, or a location you enter on your computer, to put a point on a map showing the location of your issue and nearby issues, with their descriptions.

Note:  As indicated on the Newcastle website, the YourGov system is not designed for reporting all types of incidents.  For emergencies use 911.  Problems with traffic, abandoned vehicles, and crime reports should be given to the Newcastle Police.  Report animal concerns to Regional Animal Services of King County.

Trail Book

The book 14 Shorter Trail Walks In and Around Newcastle by NT member Eva Lundahl is now available from Amazon.  The book includes detailed trail maps, local history and geology, and the delights of each walk: plants and animals; historic sites and artifacts; views, waterfalls, and moss-covered boulders. There are expert photos of all these things, and even an index. Eva is donating the proceeds to Newcastle Trails; buying the book via this website increases the share of the price going to NT.



Trail News

Logging near DeLeo Wall Trail

A forested hillside in SE Newcastle may be logged in the near future, and local residents have rallied to preserve it. The tract adjoins Cougar Mountain Park, and it contains the DeLeo Wall Viewpoint. Buying the tract and adding it to the Park would preserve the Viewpoint and several trails.

Concerned residents have created a website, Save DeLeo Wall. They've met with Newcastle officials, appealed to the City Council, and sent letters to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Newcastle Trails supported the effort with a letter and maps. Although the DNR has now approved the logging permit, the City has appealed, buying time to search for alternatives. The DeLeo Wall Trail and the Viewpoint are included in Walk 8 in the trail book 14 Shorter Trail Walks by Eva Lundahl. —GRK (5/25/18)

Trail Overview

The May Creek Greenway is complete from the Renton boundary at Windtree to Cougar Mountain Park.  It will reach almost to Lake Washington when Renton completes its section of the May Creek Trail from Newcastle to the rail trail (now under construction) in the Eastside Rail Corridor.  The CrossTown Trail is now open and walkable from Newcastle Way (near Risdon Middle School) to Cougar Mountain Park.  The East CrossTown Trail (east of Coal Creek Parkway) awaits improvements and trail signs.  And the West CrossTown Trail (west of the Parkway) awaits trail signs and two major relocation projects: moving the trail into the woods by the Middle School ballfields; moving the trail to a shorter route along the south shore of Lake Boren.  The China Creek Trail is essentially complete from Hazelwood Ridge to Coal Creek Parkway, but is closed by a fence at the Parkway.  The Thomas Rouse Trail in the Newcastle Commons is complete (mostly on sidewalks) from Bellevue's Coal Creek Trail south to the top of the mound (mini-park with view).  Newcastle Trails is working with City staff (Julie Cassata) on trail signs for most of these trails (and others).

West CrossTown Trail

In Hazelwood Ridge, a new 30-home development on 126th Ave SE between Hazelwood and Olympus, the CrossTown Trail has been relocated onto a mix of sidewalks and City-owned trail easements.  Trail sign bollards have been installed, and sign plates will be ordered soon.  East of 126th, the trail leaves the sidewalk and follows a mostly easy grade past the historic cemetery into Lake Boren Park; this segment needs improvements (new trail sign, slope mitigation) west of the cemetery.  At Risdon Middle School, the relocated trail will start just opposite the Newcastle Way crosswalk from Newport Hills.  The work is scheduled for this summer.  At Lake Boren Park the trail will be relocated onto newly acquired parkland south of the lake, crossing the wetland on boardwalks elevated to give views of the lake.  It will provide quick access to the East CrossTown Trail and the east side of the expanded park.  And (with a trail along the east lakeshore) it will complete the long-sought around-the-lake trail.  These lakeshore trails are part of the planned park redevelopment.  

China Creek Trail

The trail is now essentially complete from its junction with the CrossTown Trail in Hazelwood Ridge to its current end-point on Coal Creek Parkway.  From Hazelwood Ridge it descends to 129the Ave SE and passes behind the Lake Boren Townhomes, with access to the north shore of Lake Boren.  From the Townhomes (at SE 75th Street) it continues, mostly on boardwalks, along the north side of China Creek to the Parkway.  From here a short walk south (past the Aegis Gardens senior living community) will bring you to the East CrossTown Trail.  Trail signs are planned.  Note:  The east end of the trail is closed by a fence at the Parkway, awaiting trail work required by the City; the opening date is indefinite.

East CrossTown Trail

The trail is now complete from Coal Creek Parkway all the way into Cougar Mountain Park, mostly in woodland with scenic viewpoints.  Newcastle Trails played a major role in obtaining the last easement needed.  The City hired the WCC (Washington Conservation Corps) to build the final link on heavily wooded slopes from Beit Tikvah to Newcastle Vista.  And major improvements were made all along the trail, with many hours of work by Peggy Price, Boy Scouts, and other volunteers.  Further improvements are planned, including trail signs from the Parkway to the Terrace Trail junction.