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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

Garry Kampen (President)
Jim Price (Vice President)
Peggy Price (Treasurer)
Wes Maldonado (Secretary)
Bill Burris (Boy Scouts)
Giles Velte (Archivist)
Grace Stiller (Weed Warriors)
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).




February 22 — Wednesday NT Board Meeting (7-9 PM)

March 22 — Wednesday NT Board Meeting (7-9 PM)

March 27— Monday Annual Meeting (6:30-9 PM), Newcastle Public Library.  The featured speaker will be Julie Cassata from the City of Newcastle.  She deals with parks and trails planning, issues, and projects.  Come find out what is happening with Newcastle's trails and interjurisdictional projects.

April 26 — Wednesday NT Board Meeting (7-9 PM)

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

Weed Warriors Events

Weed 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 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. 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

Trail News

Hazelwood Ridge. Grading is complete for this 30-home development between the Hazelwood and Olympus neighborhoods.  The streets are in, and the first house is under construction.  The CrossTown Trail will continue across the development from west to east, partly on sidewalks, then on an easy grade along the south boundary down to the cemetery. Provision has also been made for the Horse Trail along the west edge of the development, and the China Creek Trail heading west to the north shore of Lake Boren.

East CrossTown Trail. The WCC resumed work in February 2017 on the "missing link" that will connect Beit Tikvah to Newcastle Vista.  From there the trail is complete all the way into Cougar Mountain Park, with improvements carried out by Peggy Price, Boy Scouts, and other volunteers.  Further improvements are planned for 2017.