Trails group annual meeting is Feb. 23

February 6, 2015

Newcastle Trails’ annual meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Newcastle Library.

The public meeting is open to all. It begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, maps and handouts.

The official meeting starts at 7 p.m. The group will discuss its 2014 accomplishments and goals for the upcoming year.

Lorrie Peterson, program manager for Bellevue’s Parks and Community Services Department will be the guest speaker.

Peterson will talk about Bellevue’s greatly improved Coal Creek Trail, which now has better connections to Newcastle.

The group will also elect officers and hold an open discussion. Read more

Notes from Newcastle: Newcastle Trails at 15

October 3, 2014


Garry Kampen

This year is the 20th anniversary of Newcastle, a small city that ranks high in livability, and the 15th anniversary of Newcastle Trails, a nonprofit citizens group that has worked for parks, trails and open space, in close cooperation with the city, since 1999.

I’m writing to celebrate Newcastle’s amazing and still-growing trail system, and to encourage you to explore it and enjoy it. Check NT’s website,; download our latest map and trail guide; join NT by emailing (for trail news, no dues); attend our Oct. 6 board meeting (7 p.m. at Regency Newcastle); and consider volunteering for the board, or lending a hand with trail work, computer work (GIS, web, writing), lobbying, fundraising — whatever you’d like to do. Read more

YMCA hosts trail walk Saturday

October 21, 2010

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

The Coal Creek YMCA will host a family trail walk along the rebuilt Coal Creek Trail from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday.

Walkers will congregate at the trailhead in the YMCA parking lot before taking to the 1.5-mile trail to the Red Town Trailhead.

YMCA members and nonmembers are invited, as are singles and families.

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Newcastle Trails readies latest map with help of volunteer Harry Morgan

October 4, 2010

Newcastle Trails is preparing to release its latest map of city trails with the help of Hobart resident Harry Morgan, who walked all of the city’s trails with a GPS in August and September 2009. He used his GPS to record his trips and create a new, accurate map.

Morgan released the first map that used GPS data to Newcastle Trails in June, and his latest map, which he gave to the organization at the end of September, makes minor corrections and clarifications. After Newcastle Trails’ board of directors approves the new map, it will be available to hikers and trail users online and in paper brochures.

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YMCA hosts family trail walk Saturday

October 21, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2009

The Coal Creek YMCA will host its first family trail walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 24.

The 1.5-mile walk will begin at the Coal Creek YMCA, and proceed down the new trail connecting the YMCA parking lot to the Coal Creek Trail.

The walk will follow the Coal Creek Trail upstream until reaching the Red Town Trailhead of Cougar Mountain Park. Organizers said the walk follows the old Seattle and Walla Walla railroad most of the way, and passes by waterfalls and historic sites.

Historian Milt Swanson will open his coal-mining museum to visitors arriving at Red Town.