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)
Wes Maldonado (Secretary)
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).
May 24 — Wednesday NT Board Meeting (7-9 PM)
June 03— Saturday National Trails Day Walk (9 AM from Lake Boren Park)
June 28— Wednesday NT Board Meeting (7-9 PM)
July 26 — Wednesday NT Board Meeting (7-9 PM)
The events above are all open to the public. Details below.
National Trails Day Walk
Newcastle Trails plans a Trail Walk on Saturday, June 3 to celebrate National Trails Day and introduce our new trail. Starting at 9:00 AM in Lake Boren Park (near the restrooms), we'll walk most of the just-opened East CrossTown Trail (ECTT), which runs from Lake Boren southeast into Cougar Mountain Park, mostly in woodlands.
Short Walk (3 miles round trip): This 1.5 mile route is suitable for families with children: sidewalks with views of Lake Boren; a half-mile of trail recently roughed in by the Washington Conservation Corps (watch for roots); and then a high-quality trail section recently completed by local volunteers, mainly Boy Scouts and NT's Peggy Price. This section ascends to a viewpoint 850 feet above Lake Washington, with peek-a-boo views that include Renton, Lake Washington, and Mt. Rainier. Here there's a choice: follow a guide back to Lake Boren (same route, different views); OR
More Rugged Walk: Continue on your own, or take a guided loop walk toward Cougar Mountain on a more rugged section of the ECTT suitable for fit, confident hikers (has steep and narrow sections). We'll descend on the lovely Terrace Trail to 144th Place SE (the historic Thomas Rouse Road). For an approximately 4-mile round trip walk, you can follow this tree-shaded country road back to Beit Tikvah, and retrace the sidewalk route to Lake Boren Park. If a longer route is wanted (up to about 8 miles total), the guide will be happy to oblige.
These walks introduce the new East CrossTown Trail and its access points. The entire CrossTown Trail is expected to be completely walkable by later this year from Vera Risdon Middle School into Cougar Mountain Park (to the De Leo Wall Trail). From the trailhead on Newcastle Way (just east of 116th Ave. SE), there are only 6 road crossings all the way across town!
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.
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 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 (cellphone app) YourGov, 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 application YourGov (website https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) 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.
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.