This short loop is another trail at Cougar Mountain where you can see some of the areas coal mining history. Along this trail you... more » will come across the concrete pillars from the mines steam hoist. A steam hoist is basically a crane that used steam power to raise and lower objects into and out of the mine.
The quickest way to get to this trail is from hiking the Wildside Trail. Once you reach the Rainbow Town Trail intersection you have the option to continue on the Wildside Trail onto Steam Hoist Trail. You can also connect to the trail by making a left at the intersection on Rainbow Town Trail followed by a quick right onto Steam Hoist. This area can get confusing as there are many short trails that meet in this area. Follow the other trail guides to make sure you are on the correct trail or remember to pick up a paper trail map at the Red Town parking area.
If you are hiking these trails to learn more about the areas coal mining history I would suggest hiking this trail in addition with; Rainbow Town Trail, Red Creek Trail, Bagley Seam Trail, and the Coal Creek Trails. Together these trails will provide you with a relatively easy hike that can be completed by nearly everyone. less «