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Wildside Connector

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain
47.5348, -122.1288 Map & Directions
1.4 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
200 feet
Highest Point
800 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Ferns and big leaf maples on Cougar Mountain. Photo by Criada. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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The Wildside Trail runs through the northwest corner of Cougar Mountain Park and offers many connections to other trails. Continue reading

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Hiking Wildside Connector

The Wildside Trail runs through the northwest corner of Cougar Mountain Park and offers many connections to other trails.

From the trailhead, head straight on the Wildside Trail. At the junction with the Bagley Seam Trail, turn right, crossing a bridge over Coal Creek and shortly coming to another junction with the Rainbow Town Trail. Turn left here, go for about 50 feet, then turn right to reconnect with the Wildside Trail.

From here, head straight for a little under half a mile. You will arrive at a junction for Marshall’s Hill Trail. Stay straight for a short distance to the next junction, where you’ll want to turn right to stay on the Wildside Trail. This trail goes for another half a mile before ending at a junction with the De Leo Wall Trail.

The multitude of trails in this area can make navigating a challenge, but also create the opportunity for numerous loop trips. Go with a good map and you’ll be able to find your way and try out some new trails on your way back. Most trail junctions are also signed.

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Wildside Connector

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.5348, -122.1288 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

For the Red Town Trailhead:
From Seattle, head east on I-90 for about 10 miles, then take exit 13. Turn right onto Lakemont Blvd for 3.1 miles, then you will arrive at the entrance to the trailhead on your left.

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Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

Wildside Connector (#COUGAR-W1)

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Wildside Connector

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