Coal Creek Trail in Factoria is a wonderful, moderately difficult trail that can be enjoyed by you and your family on summer afternoons. Just 30 minutes out of Seattle, this trail features coal mining remnants and a beautiful meadow. If you continue past the meadow, slightly up a service road and take a left back into the forest, you will come across waterfalls and an underwater cave. The trail ends across the street from Red Town Trailhead at Cougar Mountain. Be sure to bring ample water on hot days! The trail is about 4 miles round trip.
Directions: Take 405 to exit 10 (Coal Creek Pkwy) . This is one exit south of the I-90/405 interchange. Turn east onto Coal Creek Pkwy, past 128th Ave. SE for about 3/4 mile. You will curve to the right, and head down the hill past Forrest Drive. Once you reach the bottom of the hill you will pull into the small gravel lot immediately to the left. Please be careful as you prepare to turn – traffic behind you may be moving fast. The trailhead is directly ahead of the parking lot (on the right side).
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