Newcastle Trails, Newcastle, WA

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West CrossTown Trail

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00 Trail with historic Newcastle Cemetery on right

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01 Trailhead on Newcastle Way near Middle School Ballfields

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02 Hazelwood Park Access to CrossTown Trail

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03 Rabbit on Trail

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04 Trail eastbound on Boardwalk

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05 End of Boardwalk on SE 74th St

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06 Alternate Route on Sidewalk past Donegal Park Turnout

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07 Start of shared Route with Horse Trail

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08 Trail on Easement into Public Open Space

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09 Shared Route southbound in Utility Corridor

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10 Looking back towards Donegal Park

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11 Trail on Utility Road curving east into Hazelwood Ridge

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12 Looking north from Hazelwood Ridge Retention Pond

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13 Trail crossing 126th Ave SE and turning right to SE 77th Court

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14 Access east to China Creek Trail on north side of SE 77th Court

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15 CrossTown Trail leaving SE 77th Court for Lake Boren

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16 CrossTown Trail south of Hazelwood Ridge

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17 Junction with China Creek Trail branching left

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18 CrossTown Trail approaching Olympus Trail and Cemetery

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19 Junction with Olympus Trail branching right

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20 View of Olympus Trail looking south

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21 Trail with historic Newcastle Cemetery on right

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22 Looking back from 129th Ave SE at Cemetery and Signs

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23 Trail on 129th Ave SE passing left of sign into Lake Boren Park

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24 Trail on 129th Ave SE entering Lake Boren Park

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25 Trail on Park Path approaching Fishing Pier

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26 Fishing Pier in Lake Boren Park

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27 View north from Fishing Pier

Overview

2.4 miles   4 Roads, 21 Driveways   Walkable Stroller Large Wheel Picnic Incline

From Middle School via Lake Boren Park to Parkway at SE 79th Pl


Description

The West CrossTown Trail starts on the south side of Newcastle Way, at the crosswalk for 119th Ave SE (NE corner of Risdon Middle School ballfields).  It runs south past Hazelwood Elementary School, heads east and south around the CCUD water tank, and continues through Hazelwood Park.  It passes Donegal Park and the historic Newcastle Cemetery, enters Lake Boren Park near the fishing pier, and terminates on Coal Creek Parkway at the start of the East CrossTown Trail.  See Extended Description and Future Plans below.

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1.  The West CrossTown Trail starts on the south side of Newcastle Way, at the crosswalk for 119th Ave SE (NE corner of Risdon Middle School ballfields). It continues south in a narrow strip of woods just east of the ballfields, first on natural surface, then on asphalt to a point just below a cul-de-sac (119th Place SE). Here the main trail ascends on steps to the cul-de-sac, and an access trail branches right to Hazelwood Elementary School.

2.  Turn left at the end of the 119th Court SE cul-de-sac to follow a trail that skirts the fence NE of the water tank. Ascend a combined trail and driveway to SE 73rd Place, and follow the sidewalk to the right most of the way around the cul-de-sac. Turn right up a driveway marked by a trail sign (officially OK for walkers, not parked cars) to Hazelwood Park.

3.  Ascend a woodsy trail past the junction with the Hazelwood Trail (which branches right, heading west to Hazelwood School and 116th Ave. SE).

4.  After ascending a broad curve to the summit (“Cowboy Hill”), descend steps and turn left. (To the right is a branch that goes to Lake Washington Ridge subdivision.) Descend steps toward Hazelwood Park’s main entrance at 121st Place SE, and continue through wetlands and over a boardwalk to SE 74th Street & 122nd Place SE one block west of Donegal Park.

5.  Turn right at the sidewalk and follow it south along 122nd Place SE. Cross at the stop sign just north of SE 75th Place. Continue south along the other side of the same street. Turn left at the trail sign and ascend large steps between houses.

An alternative route being recommended by Newcastle Trails is to turn left from Hazelwood Park and cross 123rd Ave. SE. Continue up SE 74th Street. Where a paved pathway goes left into Donegal Park, turn right and cross SE 74th Street to reach a grassy trail going south along a power line utility corridor. This stretch of trail has been called the Horse Trail. Skirt a retention pond west of Hazelwood Ridge subdivision (where the “School Woods” used to be, and veer left to SE 76th Court.

6.  Turn right along the SE 76th Court cul-de-sac sidewalk, and follow it to 126th Avenue SE. Continue across, and turn right to cross SE 77th Court. Turn left (east) on the south sidewalk along SE 77th Court, and turn right at the trail. This rejoins the old CrossTown Trail route that descends steeply to a power line corridor, where the Olympus Trail ascends to the right (south). Keep left and follow the trail along the north side of the Newcastle Historic Cemetery to 129th Avenue SE.

7.  Just past the cemetery’s main entrance, keep left along the road as the Waterline Trail goes south along the utility corridor.  Continue into Lake Boren Park, and turn left along the asphalt pathway toward Lake Boren. Pass the dock and, keeping left, follow the pathway to the restrooms.  Turn left along the Milepost Trail to the Esplanade at Coal Creek Parkway & 135th Avenue SE. Follow the Esplanade north to the intersection of Coal Creek Parkway & SE 79th Place.

 

Future Plans

The West CrossTown Trail is now complete: you can walk the entire route, from Risdon Middle School to Coal Creek Parkway, on public land or easements.  But some sections need trail signs or other improvements. Additional work (planned or underway) includes updated and new trail signs, finishing work on the new section by the Middle School, and two reroutes:

1.  Donegal Park Reroute.  In the City's proposal for the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, the CrossTown Trail will be rerouted onto the alternate route (shown in website photos) via Hazelwood's Donegal Park.  At the park it will turn south and follow the Horse Trail route into Hazelwood Ridge, where it will continue east on the current sidewalk route.  This change requires approval of the new Plan, and will include some sidewalk/crosswalk work at Donegal Park.

2.  South Lake Boren Boardwalk.  As part of the planned expansion of Lake Boren Park to the east side of the lake, the West CrossTown Trail will be relocated to a more direct route on elevated boardwalks around the south end of the lake.  From there it will ascend to the Parkway at SE 79th Place, the start of the East CrossTown Trail.  The boardwalk will provide or enable several amenities:
(a) an essential link between the west and east sides of the park and lake;
(b) an elevated viewpoint for lake views and bird watching;
(c) completing the Stone Garden (& memorial) at the west end of the boardwalk;
(d) the final link in the Lake Boren Trail, completing a loop around lake Boren;
(e) replacing a sidewalk section of the loop with a nature trail along the east side of the lake.


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