National Trails Day

Were walking/hiking with our partners, Newcastle Trails Organization.  Join Us!  June 3rd, 2017

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 Newcastle Trails Member, 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)

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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 4 road crossings all the way across town!