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Wildside, Far Country, Shy Bear, Deceiver, Long View Peak, Quarry, Coal Creek Falls, Cave Hole, Red Town, Indian Trail, Fred's Railroad

Feb 28, 2009

by Alpine Art last modified Oct 24, 2013 04:05 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Shy Bear
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Trails: Shy Bear (#COUGAR-S2)
Avg Rating: 3.25
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Hike: Wildside
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Trails: Wildside (#COUGAR-W1)
Avg Rating: 3.50
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Hike: Far Country
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Agency: King County, Cougar Mountain State Forest
Trails: Far Country (#COUGAR-S1)
Avg Rating: 2.80
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Hike: Wildside Trail-De Leo Wall
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Agency: King County DNR (206.296.8687)
Trails: De Leo Wall (#COUGAR-W9)
Avg Rating: 2.78
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Hike: Deceiver
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Trails: Deceiver (#COUGAR-S3)
Avg Rating: 3.40
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Hike: Long View Peak
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Trails: Long View Peak (#COUGAR-S4)
Avg Rating: 4.25
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Hike: Quarry
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Agency: King County Parks
Trails: Quarry (#COUGAR-C6)
Avg Rating: 3.25
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Hike: Coal Creek Falls
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Agency: King County Parks
Trails: Coal Creek Falls (#COUGAR-C4)
Avg Rating: 3.38
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Hike: Cave Hole
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Agency: King County Parks
Trails: Cave Hole (#COUGAR-C3)
Avg Rating: 3.60
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Hike: Red Town
Region: Issaquah Alps
Trails: Red Town (#COUGAR-W2)
Avg Rating: 3.50
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Hike: Indian Trail
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Trails: Indian Trail (#COUGAR-W7)
Avg Rating: 2.40
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Hike: Fred's Railroad
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Agency: King County Parks
Trails: Fred's Railroad (#COUGAR-C7)
Avg Rating: 3.00
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Hike: Red Town Meadow & Trails
Region: Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
Agency: King County Parks
Avg Rating: 2.75
Be Aware Of
Mudholes
Doughty Falls, Alpine Art
Another hike with the Issaquah Alps Club, moderate in length and elevation gain but a good tune up hike for the upcoming season. Denis Harney was our leader on a hike I have done before, looping past all three water falls in Cougar Mt. Park.

The hike started on the Wildside Trail which has a series of undulations, some of which are moderately steep providing a good warm up quickly. Once off the Wildside Trail, the first falls (Far Country Falls) can be seen just off the Indian Trail, and from here to the Far Country Look Out is a short hike up hill. The trails to this point were in good shape considering the recent snow and rain. Snow was evident on the sides of the trails, but no snow on the trails.

From the Far Country Look Out, view has been obscured a bit by tree growth over the last 10 years, we walked Shy Bear and Deceiver Trails to Doughty Falls (not impressive for the water flow over the rocks but worth the short side trail to the falls). The Deceiver Trail did have some mud holes as did the Long View Peak Trail and other trails that followed.

Off the Long View Peak Trail, we then followed Shy Bear to Fred's Railroad and then via the Quarry Trail to the Coal Creek Falls Trail. Coal Creek Falls was impressive with lots of water from recent rains and snow melt coming over the falls. After the falls, the trails were in good shape, with the Cave Hole and Red Town Trails being dry and hard packed (old road or railroad beds).

Weather was great, mild with just a bit of a rain shower near the end of the hike.

Statistics, 6.5 miles of walking, 1200 to 1500 feet of elevation gain and loss.
Coal Creek Falls, Alpine Art
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