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174 Hikes

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 > Tiger Mountain

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 2948 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
Hike through some of the nicest second-growth forest in the area, and reach the second highest summit in the Tigers. Then enjoy a superb viewpoint a short distance west of the summit.
 
 

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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2830 ft.
Highest Point: 2948 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
If you are bored at the thought of another hike up West Tiger #3, here is an option for a more ambitious hike. First, the route will take you to Poo Poo Point, a knoll on a shoulder of West Tiger Mountain, for the view and perhaps to see paragliders launching into the sky. Then, you'll continue via a sequence of short trails to reach and traverse all three numbered summits of West Tiger Mountain before returning to your trailhead.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 2757 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
This is a great close to Seattle option of creating lots of loops and getting your exercise.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
7.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 2025 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Cross one of the three major peaks in the Issaquah Alps. You'll see forest, an historic fireplace, and, if you use Trailhead Direct to do this hike, you won't have to look for parking!
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(80 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 > Squak Mountain

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
The Chybinski Loop is located in the Cougar/Squak Mountain Corridor, and has many connecting trails and loop options.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Hike a gently climbing trail along a forested hillside near Issaquah High School. It's a good bet for young hikers and, if you are so inclined, it leads to more ambitious ongoing trails. In spring enjoy a few wildflowers, and any time of year be alert for birds and wildlife sightings.
 
 
 
2.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A conveniently accessed, easy walk through historical and picturesque downtown Issaquah and surrounding forests.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 2028 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
Hike the southernmost part of the main Tiger Mountain Trail - the TMT - and return via the South Tiger Traverse to complete a loop around South Tiger Mountain, with a side trip to the south summit and, optionally, a visit to the north summit.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A mountain bike trail on Tiger Mountain.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
2.3 miles of trails
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 907 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps

 
1.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 420 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
Hike an easy loop trail through a wide forested buffer zone around this lowland lake. Appreciate the many tall trees that give the illusion of being in a much more remote location, and enjoy the view from a dock from which the entire lake can be seen. In season, see a variety of waterfowl.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Taylor Mountain

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Enjoy a short hike through lush greenery on this newly renovated trail.
 
 

Issaquah Alps

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Highest Point: 950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Good for kids
A nice hike up a small canyon in a local community.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
3.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
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.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1606 ft.
Highest Point: 2037 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Ascend Squak Mountain via the most direct route available, the South Access Road, which still permits you to experience preserved mountain rainforest, wildflowers, mushrooms, and fauna, enjoying occasional glimpses of the surrounding mountains and lowlands. If desired, take a side excursion along one of the connector trails on Squak’s southern flank for a more intense nature experience.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
The Shy Bear runs through the southern portion of Cougar Mountain. The official ends of this trail can only be reached on foot and must be accessed from one of the various trails that connect to Shy Bear.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
Hike a restored trail in the southeast corner of the Tigers, through an area that is very green, with impressive moss cover and with many huge, decaying stumps remaining from logging a century ago.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 643 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(11 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
A gorgeous trail accessible from the Harvey Manning trailhead on Cougar Mountain. Enjoy wildflowers, as well as the notable "Fantastic Erratic" glacier boulder.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
The Ring Road Trail is part of the Cougar Mountain trail system. It can only be reached on foot and does not have its own trailhead. Hikers can connect to the Ring Road Trail From the Long View Peak Trail in the southern reaches of this vast park.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 90 ft.
Highest Point: 570 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
The Wetlands Trail is a short (0.65 mile) trail on Tiger Mountain's Tradition Plateau. As the name suggests, it passes through some areas that often are moist and have a prolific growth of ferns. Also, it passes tiny, aptly-named Round Lake whose level fluctuates from year to year, and with the seasons.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 180 ft.
Highest Point: 1440 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
The Radio Peak Trail travels for just under half a mile in the northern reaches of Cougar Mountain. It is part of the vast trail network in the park and does not have its own devoted trailhead.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
A switchbacking railroad grade travels through the east side of Tiger Mountain. Expect mountain bikes for company.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
A trail on the west side of Squak Mountain. Part of the Phil's Trail - Thrush Gap Loop, and connects to Old Griz, Summit Trail, May Valley Loop, and East Side Trail.
 
 

Issaquah Alps > Squak Mountain

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1606 ft.
Highest Point: 2037 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
Ascend from a creek gorge on the east side of Squak Mountain to the Thrush Gap, the saddle between Squak’s central and southeast peaks. Immerse yourself in relatively preserved mountain rainforest, finding solitude alongside abundances of old growth, wildflowers, mushrooms, and fauna, enjoying occasional glimpses of the surrounding mountains and lowlands.