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57 Hikes

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(36 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 245 ft.
Highest Point: 1464 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
Take a short walk on Cougar Mountain, shaded by the thick forest, with plenty of options into the trail network to create your own hiking adventure.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 416 ft.
Highest Point: 1066 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.41
(54 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1340 ft.
Highest Point: 1430 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 489 ft.
Highest Point: 1122 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.91
(23 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1056 ft.
Highest Point: 991 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Hike this little-used trail on the east side of Cougar Mountain past an enormous glacial boulder left over from the last ice age.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 358 ft.
Highest Point: 1479 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
A short amble along a road in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 848 ft.
Highest Point: 1639 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1095 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A connector trail between Wildside and De Leo Wall trails on Cougar Mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 563 ft.
Highest Point: 1312 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A trail leading from Coal Creek Falls that takes hikers even deeper into Cougar Mountain Wildland Park.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 183 ft.
Highest Point: 1490 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A quiet forest trail with small creeks and ponds, the Clay Pit vista, mining artifacts, and a deep mineshaft. Don't worry, it's covered by a grate.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 336 ft.
Highest Point: 908 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Terrace Trail is part of the network of trails in the city of Newcastle. It connects the Highlands Loop Trail with the Crosstown Trail by starting low in a residential neighborhood and climbing via a series of switchbacks.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 86 ft.
Highest Point: 1332 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A trail off Clay Pit Road with access to Coal Creek Falls, as well as Shy Bear area, Wilderness Peak, and other areas.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.35 miles, one-way
Gain: 49 ft.
Highest Point: 1311 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A half-mile jaunt from Shangri La to Tibbetts Marsh and West Tibbetts Creek Trails.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 123 ft.
Highest Point: 1180 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A connector to Military Road along 166th Way SE on Cougar Mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 178 ft.
Highest Point: 932 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
Visit a beautiful, many-tiered waterfall and a small lookout area on the west side of Cougar Mountain. Perfect for photos as well as an escape from the city.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
1.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 656 ft.
Highest Point: 1299 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
This is a short connector trail between Bear Ridge and Shangri-La trails, allowing hikers to create many loops on Cougar Mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 212 ft.
Highest Point: 1007 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
  • Good for kids
Access several loop options at the north side of Cougar Mountain with the Red Cedars Trail.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 39 ft.
Highest Point: 1223 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A way from the Sky Country Trailhead on Cougar Mountain to access the Cave Hole Trail via a loop with Old Man's Trail.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 77 ft.
Highest Point: 1506 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.25 miles, one-way
Gain: 23 ft.
Highest Point: 1217 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
  • Good for kids
A short access trail to the cave holes on Cougar Mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 22 ft.
Highest Point: 855 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
A very short access trail on Cougar Mountain from the Red Town Trailhead that offers a nice graveled path, and a small waterfall.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 22 ft.
Highest Point: 1072 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 1256 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
  • Good for kids
A short access trail from the Clay Pit Road that connects with the Cave Hole Trail and others to make endless loop options on Cougar Mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 181 ft.
Highest Point: 957 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
4.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1380 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 1270 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
The Klondike Swamp Trail traverses much of what is special about Cougar Mountain Park, utilizing old logging roads and railroad grades that take you through charming second growth forest. The loop is easily accessed from the Sky Country Trailhead in Bellevue, and offers a nearly level grade for most of the journey.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Good for kids
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.