00 Trail looking south from the SE 93rd St cul-de-sac
01 Two deer appear on the trail near 138th Ave SE
02 Trail in the woods between 140th Ave SE and SE 87th Pl
2.3 miles 6 Roads, 0 Driveways
A loop trail from the Parkway at 91st around the Highlands at Newcastle
The Highlands Trail starts on Coal Creek Parkway at SE 91st Street, where the May Creek and Milepost trails terminate in a 3-trail junction. It loops around the Highlands at Newcastle in wooded open spaces, and is entirely within the boundaries of that neighborhood. The loop is bisected by the Heritage Trail, which runs southeast from Heritage-Morgan Park. Both trails are mostly wide and flat, with easy grades; within the Highlands (off sidewalks), equestrian use is permitted. There are two subtrails, each with a detailed description (use links below).
The South Highlands Trail (1.6 miles) starts at the Parkway, runs 350' east on SE 91st Street, turns right, and follows a wooded greenbelt around the south and east sides of the Highlands to the start of the Terrace Trail on 144th Place SE at SE 87th Place. It passes several retention ponds (look for birds), avoiding homes and street-crossings. And it's an essential part of the May Creek Greenway, which follows the May Creek Trail from Renton and continues into Cougar Mountain Park on the South Highlands, Terrace, and Crosstown trails.
The North Highlands Trail (0.7 miles) starts at the Terrace Trail junction and continues around the north and west sides of the Highlands to rejoin the South Highlands Trail on SE 91st Street. It curves around the north side in woodland, joins the Heritage Trail briefly (in a wooded valley), and meanders southwest as an urban trail with three street-crossings and views of landscaped homes.