There are multiple entry points for this trail, but its official start is just north of the Hazelwood Elementary School. This route winds its way through the residential town of Newcastle, switching back and forth between trails and sidewalks. Some segments are in parks, while others go through forested greenbelts.
Start out on the West CrossTown Trail by heading south on 119th Place Southeast until it ends at a cul-de-sac. Follow a trail around a watertower and into Hazelwood Park. Continue on past Donegal Park, along the north edge of the Newcastle Historic Cemetery and into Lake Boren Park over the course of 2.4 miles. For turn by turn directions, check the website for Newcastle Trails where you can also find maps.
Lake Boren Park marks the end of the western half of this trail. With loop trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, a fishing pier and a parking lot this a good place to rest up for the second leg, or a good place to park if you don't plan to walk the entire CrossTown Trail.
The eastern segment starts up from Coal Creek Parkway on the east shore of Lake Boren. After a short walk along sidewalks, the trail enters the woods and ascends up the slope of a ridge, eventually leaving the City of Newcastle and linking up with the DeLeo Wall Trail in King County's Cougar Mountain Regional Park. From here you have access to the entire Cougar Mountain trail network, or you can head back along these trails that are tucked between the homes and parks of Newcastle.