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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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56 Hikes
Anti-Aircraft Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1380.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(19 votes)
Hike a loop around Anti-Aircraft Peak in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Hike past sites associated with coal and clay mining, and a former 1950s-era anti-aircraft missile installation. Enjoy good forest trails, some seasonal wildflowers, and a million-dollar view.
 
 
Whittaker Wilderness Peak

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1228 ft.
Highest Point: 1598.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
A trail named for local mountaineer Jim Whittaker, this hike begins at the road and ascends to the summit of Cougar Mountain.
 
 
Wilderness Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.10
(31 votes)
Hike trails named in honor of mountaineers Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu, of 1963 Mount Everest ascent fame. Wilderness Peak may not be Everest, but it is the highest point in King County's Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and it does have some wonderful old-growth conifers. This loop offers a diversity of steep forested hillsides, huge mossy boulders, and a low swampy area traversed via a narrow boardwalk.
 
 
Coal Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.28
(25 votes)
Rich in historical artifacts, lush foliage, wooden bridges, and waterfalls, the well-groomed and well-traveled Coal Creek Trail is a satisfying hike for families, trail runners, history buffs, and avid hikers.
 
 
Gombu Wilderness Cliffs

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A hike named after Nawang Gombu, Jim Whittaker's partner in his first ascent of Everest. Connect it with the Whittaker Wilderness Peak trail for a long loop with historical significance.
 
 
Lakemont Park

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
The Lakemont Park trail system consists of more than three miles of multi-use trails. Visit a waterfall, learn about stormwater treatment, and get a shot of greenery at this local spot.
 
 
Big Tree Ridge

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1340 ft.
Highest Point: 1430.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This is the most direct entry to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park from Seattle, Issaquah and Bellevue. WTA has done lots of work on Cougar Mountain since 2009, but signage may not be entirely up-to-date.
 
 
Coal Creek Falls

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 416 ft.
Highest Point: 1066.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(49 votes)
Coal Creek Falls is a wonderful destination for any day hiker looking for an easy and/or family friendly trail with a picturesque culmination at Coal Creek Falls. It’s a well maintained trail that meanders beneath a thick canopy and a dense understory with many wildflower species in the spring.
 
 
Bear Ridge

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Hike this little-used trail on the east side of Cougar Mountain past an enormous glacial boulder left over from the last ice age.
 
 
Wildside Trail-De Leo Wall

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 489 ft.
Highest Point: 1122.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.74
(19 votes)
A moderate, year round loop trail in the Issaquah Alps that is popular with hikers, dog walkers and trail runners. Entering the large parking area at the Red Town trailhead (one of several in this 3,100-acre regional park) it’s hard to imagine that what is today a lush green forest was once a busy coalmine operation. Now all that remains are nearly forgotten place names, a few carefully preserved artifacts and caution signs warning of the hazards of travel off established trails.
 
 
CrossTown Trail - Newcastle

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The CrossTown Trail is made up of a patchwork of segments of trail and sidewalk that wind through the town of Newcastle to deliver hikers into Cougar Mountain Regional Park.
 
 
Lewis Creek Park

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.3 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This 55-acre park has grassland, forest and wetland habitats to explore via soft-surface trail and boardwalks. The Lewis Creek Park also has a visitor center, playground, a basketball court, picnic shelter, restrooms and more.
 
 
Little Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Little Creek Trail is a 0.4-mile section of trail in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Visitors in the fall will find and abundance of mushrooms and fiery fall colors. You can reach the trail by taking the Military Road Trail from the Red Town Trailhead.
 
 
Shangri La

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 643 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(11 votes)
A gorgeous trail accessible from the Harvey Manning trailhead on Cougar Mountain. Enjoy wildflowers, as well as the notable "Fantastic Erratic" glacier boulder.
 
 
Quarry

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
A trail leading from Coal Creek Falls that takes hikers even deeper into Cougar Mountain Wildland Park.
 
 
Red Cedars

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Access several loop options at the north side of Cougar Mountain with the Red Cedars Trail.
 
 
Red Town Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
A very short access trail on Cougar Mountain from the Red Town Trailhead that offers a nice graveled path, and a small waterfall.
 
 
Red Town Meadow & Trails

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Hike easy, very green trails in the northwest corner of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. View artifacts from the coal mining era. As optional hike extensions, look in on Far Country Falls, or check out the ongoing downstream Coal Creek Trail.
 
 
Primrose Overlook

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A little-traveled, short hike offering some impressive trees and lovely territorial views.
 
 
Precipice Top Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is a mishmash of roads, trails, abandoned Army missile silos, and plenty of wildlife. Not only is Cougar Mountain King County’s largest park, it is one of the largest wildland parks in an urban area in the United States.
 
 
Protector Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A half-mile jaunt from Shangri La to Tibbetts Marsh and West Tibbetts Creek Trails.
 
 
Old Man's Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
A short access trail to the cave holes on Cougar Mountain.
 
 
No Name

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
 
A short connector trail between Bear Ridge and Shangri La trails that creates a loop out of the two. Also connect to Red Cedars via the No Name Trail.
 
 
Nike Horse Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
A way from the Sky Country Trailhead on Cougar Mountain to access the Cave Hole Trail via a loop with Old Man's Trail.
 
 
Mine Shaft Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
A short jaunt off the Clay Pit Road to a deep mineshaft left over from mining activities that used to take place on Cougar Mountain in the late 1800s.
 
 
Marshall's Hill

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1005.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
A connector trail between Wildside and De Leo Wall trails on Cougar Mountain.
 
 
Licorice Fern Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(10 votes)
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is the largest “urban wild land” in the United States, with more than 3,000 acres of forest riddled with 38 miles of hiking trails. The Licorice Fern Trail is a great choice for Cougar Mountain veterans looking for a fresh approach to Far Country Falls.
 
 
Forest Glen Neighborhood Park

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Forest Glen Neighborhood Park, sometimes known as the Forest Glen Greenbelt, includes 1.19 acres with a basketball court, picnic tables, playground and walking trails.
 
 
Sky Country

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
A connector to Military Road along 166th Way SE on Cougar Mountain.
 
 
Military Road

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 410 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
See colorful wildflowers in the warmer months and changing leaves in the fall on the Military Road Trail. This 0.7 mile section of trail goes from the Red Town Trailhead to the Cougar Mountain Park boundary at Clay Pit Road