My pal Sarah and I have been trying to take advantage of this whole “I live in the Pacific Northwest” thing and have been going hiking almost every weekend this summer. We only had a couple hours free one Sunday morning, so we decided to keep it close and try Coal Creek Falls, which is in Newcastle. The Washington Trails Association’s website promised “water, water everywhere,” so we were quite excited to see the falls.
Turns out, we didn’t exactly read the WTA’s description of the trail for comprehension. Here’s what it says at the bottom of the post (bold is mine):
Coal Creek Falls can be spectacular during the rainy season of January-March, thundering down the rocky chute. Venture out during a particularly cold spell and you’ll find marvelous ice sculptures formed by the splashing and spray from the falls. By midsummer, the falls usually shrinks to nothing more than a small splattering of dribbling streams between the rocks.
So, yeah. More like Coal Creek Trickle if you make the trek in late July, like we did. Still, it’s an easy hike, just 2.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 350 feet, and it’s a short drive out of Seattle. File this one away to visit when the falls are actually, you know, falling — the WTA recommends November to May.
Melissa Dahl is a social media manager for TWIF.