The Coal Creek Natural Area has three wonderful trails to hike, the Coal Creek, Primrose, and Lower Coal Creek Trail. All trails will... more » lead you up and down small ravines, through a forest of Douglas Firs, and along the Coal Creek. Along the way you will catch glimpses from the past as there are still many artifacts left over from the areas mining days. In some spots you can still catch the scent of burnt cinders while hiking down the trail.
The Coal Creek Trail is the most frequently hiked trails in the park. Its popularity comes from the variety of attractions all on a relatively short day hike. Nearly all of the best coal mining attractions are found along this trail, from the sealed mineshaft to the concrete foundations of buildings long gone. This trail has recently received many new bridges. That adds to the ease and beauty of the hike.
The Primrose Trail is a short loop off of the Coal Creek Trail. This trail offers a great hike along the creek where you will see a few of the mining artifacts left behind. Unfortunately the trail has been closed due to a portion of the trail being washed out. Hopefully with the renovations to the Coal Creek Trail, this trail will also see some work done on it.
Finally, the Lower Coal Creek Trail is one of my favorite trails in the area. The trail is used infrequently so you will often have this trail to yourself. The lack of hikers is because it is not a well known trail and to the popularity of the nearby Cougar Mountain Trails. However, this is a hidden gem that leads you along portions of Coal Creek. If you have just one hike to pick out of the three trails, I would suggest this one. less «