About Newcastle TrailsNEWCASTLE 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 email@example.com.BOARD MEMBERS:
Garry Kampen (President)
Jim Price (Vice President)
Peggy Price (Treasurer)
Bill Burris (Boy Scouts)
Giles Velte (Archivist)
Grace Stiller (Weed Warriors)
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).
March 23 - Wednesday Board Meeting (7-9PM)
March 28 - Monday Annual Meeting (7-9PM)
April 27 - Wednesday Board Meeting (7-9PM)
The events above are all open to the public. Details below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Newcastle Trails annual meeting will be held from 7-8:30PM in the meeting room at the Newcastle Library. There will be a social half hour from 6:30 until 7:00.
Weed Warriors EventsWeed Warriors Environmental Stewardship Projects restore a healthy balance to our environment by removing invasive weeds and planting native species plants. Click on the Project Calendar to view scheduled events.
When You Walk Our TrailsConsider 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. For major problems - a fallen tree or a washout - call the City of Newcastle at 425-649-4444 or fill out a Request for Action at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us.
Annual Meeting. Our annual meeting is set for Monday, March 28, at the Newcastle Library. As always, we'll start with a social period 6:30-7, with refreshments and handouts: maps and trail guides. The meeting will start at 7 with a talk by Leslie Betlach, Renton's Parks Planning and Natural Resources Director. Renton has received a grant needed to complete its part of the May Creek Trail and is developing Kenyon-Dobson Park near Newcastle's Windtree neighborhood (details below). There will be a public discussion of trail issues, and a chance to meet Newcastle's new Project Planner (a landscape designer and former volunteer coordinator for the Washington Trails Association). There will be a short business meeting to elect officers.
RSD Newcastle. RSD Newcastle is the official name for the proposed 30-home development in the School Woods between the Hazelwood and Olympus Neighborhoods. The developer, Quadrant Homes, arranged last year to buy the Woods from the Renton School District (RSD) subject to plat approval by the City. After many public comments on their 2014 preliminary plat, Quadrant withdrew the application; the revised plat was submitted in early 2015. It was approved by the City Council on October 6 with a significant change: 129th Avenue SE, which was platted to connect Hazelwood and Olympus, will be constructed as planned, but closed by a gate on the Olympus side. Trail connections, ignored in the first plat, are provided in the new plat. And we understand that the proposed runoff ditch alongside the CrossTown Trail, which NT opposed, will be replaced by a shared drainage with the townhome development to the east. The existing China Creek Trail will be extended west across 129th Ave SE through the new townhomes into RSD Newcastle. Sadly, NT's trail-friendly proposal for a green trail corridor from the cemetery to the plat's central open space was not among the options submitted to the Council by City staff.
West CrossTown Trail. When RSD Newcastle is constructed in 2016, the trail will be relocated to sidewalks where it crosses the plat. Elsewhere on the trail, improvements are planned: when the new Middle School is completed, the trail will be relocated close to its original route in the woods by the ballfields; and when the remaining private land on the south shore of Lake Boren is purchased, it will be possible to reroute the trail closer to the lakeshore. NT worked to ensure that both routings were included in the current Comprehensive Plan.
East CrossTown Trail. Thanks to many hours of work by Peggy Price, Boy Scouts, and other volunteers, the trail is walkable from Newcastle Vista to its trail connection within Cougar Mountain Park. Trail improvement work is continuing. And we hope to begin work in 2016 on the "missing link" between Newcastle Vista and Beit Tikvah to the northwest. From Beit Tikvah, west-bound walkers can continue on sidewalks to the West CrossTown Trail at Lake Boren Park.
New Trail Signs.New trail signs have been installed to mark an alternate, safer route for folks taking the Waterline Trail south from Bellevue. Where the trail reaches Newcastle Way, a sign directs walkers southeast along the sidewalk to a crossing at traffic lights near the Newcastle Library. Signs mark the route on sidewalks south from the library to SE 73rd Place, where southbound walkers rejoin the Waterline Trail, which continues on sidewalks past the Lake Boren Townhomes. The trail signs guide walkers to the section of the China Creek Trail behind the Townhomes, and an access trail to the shore of Lake Boren.
China Creek Trail. The developers of the new Aegis retirement home are building the trail, mostly on boardwalks, along the north side of China Creek, which has been rerouted into a graceful curve north of the facility. When the facility is completed in late 2016, the trail will be opened. NT has urged the City to complete another "missing link", a short section of boardwalk linking the existing trail (behind the Lake Boren Townhomes) to the new section. This will provide a continuous trail from 129th Ave SE to the Coal Creek Parkway, with lake, creek, and wetlands on view.