Your guide will pick you up in an SUV from the Mercer Island Park and Ride, which is easy to get to by public transportation from most places in Seattle. You will arrive at the trail head, after possibly stopping along the way to take in a beautiful view of Bellevue, Lake Washington, Seattle and the Olympic Mountains (depending on weather). Once at the trailhead, you'll receive a brief orientation before beginning your amazing journey into the woods to learn about forest treasures and the historic hidden past of this area that once was home to three bustling coal mining towns. About halfway through the hike you'll stop for a "Forest Bath," a Northwest snack and water along beautiful Coal Creek, then finish your hike before heading back to the Park and Ride. Duration is 2.5 to 3 hours, depending upon hiking speed.