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Coal Creek/Cougar Mountain Traverse
As the season transitions from summer to fall, let's go somewhere with lots of colors, and do a west->east traversal of Coal Creek Park and Cougar Mountain. We will meet at the Blazing Bagels, just across the street from Bellevue Transit Center. We will meet inside the store; snacks and restrooms are available. Once we are altogether, we will walk to the bus stop just outside the store, and ride the 240 to the trailhead, just south of Factoria. We will take the first bus that comes after 9:30; I will update this post with an exact schedule soon, once Metro announces its fall service change. You can reach the meetup point from Seattle by taking either the 550 (from downtown) or the 271 (from the U-district). Once we get off the bus, we will walk east through the forest and along the creek through Coal Creek Park, out to Cougar Mountain. At about the halfway mark, we'll enter Cougar Mountain at the Red Town Trailhead, and continue up the mountain, catching views at the clay pit and Anti-Aircraft peak. From there, we will head down the mountain, eventually coming out in Issaquah, finishing the hike at Issaquah Transit Center, where the 554 takes us back to Seattle, with connections available at Eastgate P&R to go back to Bellevue. Distance: 10 miles Elevation gain: 1,500 feet This hike is almost entirely on forest trails, and will have several ups and downs (the equivalent of going to the top of Queen Anne hill from Lake Union 3-4 times). The trail system contains many junctions; we will regroup at each of them to ensure nobody gets lost. Please do not attempt to drive to the trailhead, as the trailhead where our hike begins contains exactly zero parking. If you are traveling by car, I suggest parking at Eastgate P&R and joining us on the #240 bus as we go by, since it's a quick bus ride away from both the start and end point of the hike.

Blazing Bagels

555 108th Ave NE · Bellevue, wa

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    This group features great hikes in the Seattle area that take advantage of our wonderful transit system to access the trails. Our meetups begin at transit stops that are easily accessible from most neighborhoods in Seattle and we will walk or ride the bus together to the trailhead from there. In most hikes, we will end at a different point from where we start and take a different bus back. This group will feature a wide variety of hikes from easy to difficult, urban to rural, and flat sidewalk to steep, rugged trail. If you want to go hiking, but don't want to drive, enjoy point-to-point hikes but want to avoid the hassles of car shuttles, or want to explore new areas of the Puget Sound transit system that you didn't even know existed, this group is for you!

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