Newcastle Trails, Newcastle, WA

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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 Route southbound in Utility Corridor

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04 CrossTown Trail south of Hazelwood Ridge

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05 View north from Fishing Pier in Lake Boren Park

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06 Trail entering woods at Beit Tikvah

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07 View northwest along the trail

Overview

3.7 miles   7 Roads, 22 Driveways   Hikeable Steps Picnic Incline

From Middle School and Newcastle Way into Cougar Mountain Park


Description

The CrossTown Trail runs from Risdon Middle School (and Newport Hills) through Lake Boren Park across Coal Creek Parkway into Cougar Mountain Park. The Parkway divides it into two quite different subtrails, each with its own detailed description (use links below):

The West CrossTown Trail (2.0 miles) starts near Risdon School on Newcastle Way, at the crosswalk for 119th Ave SE. It runs south in the woods to Hazelwood Elementary School, then southeast through a series of parks (Hazelwood, Donegal, Lake Boren) to Coal Creek Parkway at SE 79th Place. It connects with the Olympus and Waterline trails near the historic Newcastle Cemetery. Amazingly for a 2.4-mile trail through a city, it has only four street crossings and a few short sidewalk sections. It's mostly flat and easy, but there are steps at Hazelwood School and in Hazelwood Park.

The East CrossTown Trail (1.7 miles) starts on Coal Creek Parkway at SE 79th Place and continues into Cougar Mountain Park near the DeLeo Wall Viewpoint. It's mostly a nature trail on the side of a wooded ridge (with viewpoints), but there's a short sidewalk section from the Parkway up to the Beit Tikvah Church on 136th Ave SE, where the woodland trail begins.


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