Newcastle Trails, Newcastle, WA

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China Creek Trail

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00 China Creek Boardwalk

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01 Trailhead with China Creek Trail branching left from CrossTown Trail

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02 Heading north to SE 77th Court

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03 Access down SE 77th Court to Trail in Cul-de-sac

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04 Trail continuing past Bollard at Wall in front of Auto

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05 Trail descending past Wall into PSE Utility Corridor

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06 Trail northbound above Lakehouse

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07 Looking south to distant Olympus Trail in Corridor

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08 Trail eastbound through Lakehouse and across 129th Ave SE

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09 Trail continuing east from 129th Ave SE behind Pole

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10 Trail eastbound to Lake past Lake Boren Townhomes

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11 Trail curving left at Lake Boren

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12 Junction with overgrown Access Trail to Lake Boren Shore

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13 Trail northbound beside China Creek Wetlands

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14 Trail passing behind Lake Boren Townhomes

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15 Access to Trail east from 129th Ave SE along SE 75th St

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16 Trail on right turning east onto Boardwalk to China Creek

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17 Trail following China Creek to Coal Creek Parkway

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18 Trail Curving Right to Coal Creek Parkway

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19 View of China Creek near Parkway

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20 End of Trail at Interpretive Sign

Overview

0.8 miles   3 Roads, 0 Driveways   Walkable

From CrossTown Trail thru Hazelwood Ridge and east to Parkway


Description

Newcastle's China Creek Trail starts on the CrossTown Trail, passes through the east end of Hazelwood Ridge, descends to the Lakehouse Residences on 129th Ave SE, and follows the north side of China Creek to Coal Creek Parkway. From the SE 77th Court cul-de-sac in Hazelwood Ridge, the trail descends a few steps into the PSE utility corridor, with views of Lake Boren and Cougar Mountain. It continues down a stairway, crosses 129th, and loops north behind the Lake Boren Townhomes, with wetlands (and a lakeshore bench) on the right. Near the end of SE 75th Street, the trail heads east, following China Creek on a boardwalk through wetlands flanked by trees.  See Extended Description and Future Plans below.

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1.  From the CrossTown Trail between the cemetery and 126th Ave SE (in Hazelwood Ridge), the China Creek Trail starts north along the west edge of a retention pond to the east end of SE 77th Court. It then turns right into a power line corridor, continues to a set of steps, and follows a pathway through the Lakehouse Residences to 129th Avenue SE.

2.  Cross 129th Ave SE and descend east just south of the Lake Boren Townhomes toward Lake Boren. Walk a short distance northeast to a trail sign, where a lake view bench is usually accessible (but occasionally flooded) via a short access trail (possiby overgrown).

3.  Continue north behind the Townhomes to the end of SE 75th Street, and follow the trail right (east) onto a boardwalk.

To access the trail from Newcastle Way, walk south from the library on 129th Ave SE and turn left on SE 75th Street (just before the Lake Boren Townhomes). Continue straight ahead (east) on the boardwalk, or veer right and follow the trail south to visit the lakeshore bench.

4.  Follow the boardwalk east into the wetlands to a bench and bird viewing area. Continue on the boardwalk as it follows the north side of China Creek, mostly hidden by vegetation. The boardwalk ends near a large shade tree, and a crushed rock path carries you up to Coal Creek Parkway, with views of the creek on the right.

5.  The trail ends at Coal Creek Parkway on a sidewalk, the Lake Boren Esplanade. Here an interpretive sign describes the history surrounding China Creek.

Here you can follow the Esplanade north to downtown Newcastle, or south to Lake Boren Park, crossing the CrossTown Trail at SE 79th Pl, and the Milepost Trail at 135th Ave SE.
 

Future Plans

The China Creek Trail is eventually to be built following China Creek up to the Marshall’s Hill Trail in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. It will make a nice round trip with the East CrossTown Trail. There's already a corridor of public open space for the trail to follow; the challenge is building the trail within narrow parts of the corridor.


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