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Results List

174 Hikes

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 > Tiger Mountain

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1748 ft.
Highest Point: 2021 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.84
(124 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Hike railroad grades dating from the logging era. Cross many small creeks, some seasonal. Pass tall trees draped with moss. Enjoy ferns and, in season, forest wildflowers and wild berries. Reach a viewpoint that's also a favorite launching spot for paragliders.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2022 ft.
Highest Point: 2522 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(25 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
What a workout! The Cable Line Trail on Tiger Mountain is not for the weak of heart, nor the weak of knees. A steep, slippery incline awaits you here, up to the summit of West Tiger 3.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 2525 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.32
(44 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
This close-to-the-city wild land trail provides stunning views, great forestlands and ample opportunities to see birds and critters. Of the three peaks on West Tiger, this peak offers the best views, despite being the lowest of the triplets.
 
 

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

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(35 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 > Tiger Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(82 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
Hike a short but steep trail with many stone steps. Pause at a viewpoint offering a fine view of Mount Rainier, then continue on to Poo Poo Point itself, only 1.9 miles from the trailhead. Enjoy views to the northwest, and perhaps watch paragliders sailing off into the sky.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 540 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.68
(19 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Hike a series of short, nearly level trails that offer views of two lakes and of some swampy areas, and pass one of the largest trees in the Tigers. Appreciate the forest vegetation and wildflowers. Along the way, hear and perhaps see a variety of song birds and waterfowl.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(62 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 
 
5.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 320 ft.
Highest Point: 430 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
This connector trail follows the historic abandoned Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railway grade from Issaquah to the town of Preston through the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
 
 

Issaquah Alps

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 525 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Hike a loop around this exceptional wetland. In season, view a variety of waterfowl. And marvel at the close-up views of beaver dams.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2320 ft.
Highest Point: 2039 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.10
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Squak Mountain's Central Peak is accessible from several trailheads around the mountain, but the most direct route is from the Squak Mountain State Park trailhead, (also known as the May Valley trailhead)..
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1242 ft.
Highest Point: 1606 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
This quiet, little-used trail wanders through a lowland forest and up the South side of Squak Mountain along Bullitt Creek.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
2.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 2285 ft.
Highest Point: 2909 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Hike from a transmission line on the north side of Tiger Mountain to various trails on the mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 585 ft.
Highest Point: 398 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
This pleasant woodland trail follows the historic route of the Seattle-Walla Walla Railroad, which transported coal from the mines once operating in present-day Cougar Mountain Park.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 445 ft.
Highest Point: 1908 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A short hike on the south side of Tiger Mountain through beautiful old forest.
 
 

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

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 416 ft.
Highest Point: 1066 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(53 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 > Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(18 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Fall foliage
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.
 
 

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 > Squak Mountain

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1179 ft.
Highest Point: 1582 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
A 1.5 mile connector trail winding up the East Ridge of Squak Mountain. Accesses the Summit Trail and the East Side Trail.
 
 

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 > Squak Mountain

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 939 ft.
Highest Point: 1514 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
A connector trail between East Ridge and Bullitt Fireplace trail on Squak Mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
0.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 163 ft.
Highest Point: 2657 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
The Quick Link Trail is a short segment in the middle of the east tiger trail system. Combine this trail with others to form any number of loop hikes, including a trip to the east tiger summit.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 722 ft.
Highest Point: 575 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
Hike a broad, sunny trail on the north side of Tiger Mountain.
 
 

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.
 
 
 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 285 ft.
Highest Point: 583 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Good for kids
The Highlands Trail forms a loop around the Highlands neighborhood in the city of Newcastle.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1684 ft.
Highest Point: 2024 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(25 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
This forested park, a wilderness with glimpses of Issaquah below, has miles of winding trails alongside bubbling creeks and narrow ravines. There are several trail loop options on this 2,024-foot-high mountain. With multi-use trails and a natural area, hikers have plenty to explore in this quiet sanctuary outside of Issaquah.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
1.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 867 ft.
Highest Point: 1326 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
Begin your hike up High Point Trail in wooded, steep terrain, passing a junction with the Lingering Trail and eventually joining up with the Tiger Mountain Trail.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
0.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 530 ft.
Highest Point: 648 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A trail that accesses Squak Mountain from the Trails Center in downtown Issaquah. Take the Squak Mountain Access Trail to access trails on the east side of the mountain: East Ridge, East Side, Phil's Creek, Old Griz, and more.