COAL CREEK FALLS
RATING - 16.0
VR - 4 (Med/Sm) HR - 1 SR - 12/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Trail
DIFFICULTY - Fairly Easy
LOCATION - Cougar Mountain Wildlife Park
TYPE - Horsetail
HEIGHT - 25'
WIDTH - 10'
This pretty waterfall occurs where Coal Creek slides about 20' over a pretty waterfall before spreading out and dropping another couple feet in a pretty fan shape. The falls are viewed from a nice bridge right in front of the waterfall. There are several other small waterfalls in the park and the low elevation makes this a nice winter hike when other waterfalls are snowed in. It's not a big waterfall by any stretch of the imagination, but it's pretty and relatively easy to get to.
For a slightly longer hike, once you get to the falls continue along the falls, turning right at the fork in about 1/2 a mile onto the Indian Trail. Take a right again at the next fork and follow the trail for another 1/2 a mile or so to the parking lot.
DIRECTIONS - Head east on I-90, take exit #13, and turn right towards
Newcastle. Park at the Red Town Trailhead on the left side of the road in 3
miles. Head up the trail and take an almost immediate left onto the
Cave Holes Trail. Follow this for 1/2 a mile and turn right onto the
Coal Creek Falls Trail (all the forks are signed). From here it's
another 1/2 a mile to the falls.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - North Fork Falls
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