CrossTown Trail Sees Improvements
Posted on 05/10/2017

A one-mile section of the CrossTown Trail (between Beit Tikvah/136th Avenue Southeast and the Terrace Trail near Cougar Mountain Park) is now walkable for sure-footed hikers. Trail users can now traverse town all the way from Hazelwood Park to Cougar Mountain.

Click here to see a map detailing where the new trail section is.

Half of this one-mile section is completely new. Peggy Price of Newcastle Trails was instrumental in the process, establishing the trail’s alignment before the Washington Conservation Corps worked on building the trail for six weeks this winter. Newcastle Trails volunteers are continually improving the other half of the section, rerouting the trail to a more sustainable alignment.

“The work done on this eastern segment of the trail opens up opportunities to make connections that weren’t there before. It also is a very significant step toward the idea of a long-distance trail traversing our town,” said city Project Planner Julie Cassata.

The footing is still rough in areas so hikers should use caution. There are more obstacles and the footing is less stable then you would see on other trails in town. Users should expect to walk on narrow, sloping tread, and to navigate around rocks and roots.

Special thanks to the Washington Conservation Corps and Newcastle Trails volunteers (Especially Peggy Price, Garry Kampen and numerous Boy Scout troops) for their help to improve the CrossTown Trail. 

Other CrossTown Trail Updates

— The city is currently working with Newcastle Trails to establish the alignment of the CrossTown Trail that goes through the Renton School District property at Vera Risdon Middle School.

— The CrossTown Trail has a new alignment through what’s now the Hazelwood Ridge neighborhood. Trail work is just wrapping up there now and the trail is partially routed on sidewalks through that new development. There will eventually be trail sign bollards that will help guide people along the trail through the development.

Newcastle Trails to Celebrate National Trails Day

Newcastle Trails has scheduled a Trail Walk on Saturday, June 3, to celebrate National Trails Day and introduce our new trail. Starting at 9 a.m. 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. It includes 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 completed by local volunteers, mainly Boy Scouts and Newcastle Trails’ Peggy Price. This section ascends to a viewpoint 850 feet above Lake Washington, with peek-a-boo views that include Renton, Lake Washington and Mount Rainier.

Hikers will be offered a choice at this point: Follow a guide back to Lake Boren (same route, different view) or continue on a more rugged walk.

More Rugged Walk: Continue on your own or take a guided loop walk toward Cougar Mountain on a more rugged section of the ECTT (with steep and narrow sections) suitable for fit, confident hikers. We'll descend on the lovely Terrace Trail to 144th Place Southeast (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 Avenue Southeast), there are only four to six road crossings all the way across town!

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