Join me for a personally guided journey along a trail that's loved by locals, but little known by tourists. We'll walk the 4.25 mile trail along a beautiful wooded creek bordered by thick native foliage to learn about the area's coal mining history, and see remnants of the past hidden from those unaware of the fascinating stories that haunt this urban outpost. See where President Rutherford Hayes visited, discover a hidden mine shaft and stumble upon relics of a once-bustling town that's being reclaimed by Mother Nature. You'll learn about the plants - the friends and the foes - and taste some along the way. You'll get to take a Forest Bath. These woods are filled with wonder and beauty. You won't forget this true Northwest experience - perfect for all ages. P.S. I have a wonderful, mellow yellow lab Scooby, who is happy to join - if you're looking for a dog fix and would like me to bring him along. Just let me know.
I'm a Northwest native who is passionate about getting into the woods. I have been hiking in the Northwest for several decades and am skilled at leading groups. As a journalist and writer, I can captivate my guests' interest with tons of history and stories. I love Northwest art, history, hiking, running, walking and skiing. I try to get outside every day - rain or shine. Join me!
Local, delicious snacks for the hike!
Water for hike
Rain gear, if necessary; Cynthia's Seattle Secrets and Suggestions travel guide
I'll pick you up at a central location on Mercer Island (easily accessible via public transportation) and we'll drive to the Coal Creek and Red Town trails in south Bellevue, former home of the Newcastle, Coal Creek and Ford Slope coal mines. If the weather cooperates, we'll stop at a secret view spot along the way.
最多可有10位年满6周岁的参与者参加。 Guests should be fit enough to hike 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) with small rolling elevation gains.
Dress in layers; bring a jacket unless it's more than 65 degrees.
Bring sturdy walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine; no open-toed shoes, unless they are hiking sandals). Guide can provide transportation for an added fee.