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Results List

55 Hikes
Little Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
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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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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
 
 
Fred's Railroad

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
A trail off Clay Pit Road with access to Coal Creek Falls, as well as Shy Bear area, Wilderness Peak, and other areas.
 
 
Far Country

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.88
(8 votes)
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.
 
 
East Fork

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
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.
 
 
Clay Pit Road

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
A short amble along a road in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
 
 
Cave Hole

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
A short hike out to an interesting remnant of the mining activity that took place on Cougar Mountain.
 
 
By Pass Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
Terrace Trail - Newcastle

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.3 miles, one-way
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Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
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.
 
 
Surprise Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This is a short connector trail between Bear Ridge and Shangri-La trails, allowing hikers to create many loops on Cougar Mountain.
 
 
Skid Road

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
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0.00
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Old Miners Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
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0.00
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Lewis Creek Trail - Bellevue

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)