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55 Hikes
Red Town Meadow & Trails

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 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.
 
 
Klondike Swamp

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 1270.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Wilderness Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.09
(32 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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Coyote Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Coyote Creek Trail runs north-south through the northern half of Cougar Mountain Regional Park.
 
 
Lost Beagle

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1470.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The Lost Beagle Trail is a connector Trail on Cougar Mountain. It does not have its own trailhead so hikers must reach this trail on foot from one of the many connecting trails.
 
 
Tibbett's Marsh

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
The Tibbett's Marsh Trail runs through the northern reaches of Cougar Mountain.
 
 
Steam Hoist

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 670.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
The Steam Hoist Trail is a short loop trail within the Cougar Mountain trail network. One end of this trail connects to the Rainbow Town trail and the other connects to the Wildside Trail.
 
 
Ring Road

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
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.
 
 
Shy Bear

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
Radio Peak

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 180 ft.
Highest Point: 1440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
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.
 
 
Long View Peak

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
The Long View Peak Trail is a connector trail on Cougar Mountain. The most direct route for reaching this trail is to hike from the Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead. The eastern end of the Long View Peak Trail connects to the Wilderness Creek Trail.
 
 
Indian Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
The Indian Trail is one of the main trails running through the western portion of Cougar Mountain.
 
 
Deceiver

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 1440 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Deceiver Trail is a hiker-only trail in the southern reaches of Cougar Mountain. It is a connector trail so it does not have its own devoted trailhead but can be reached on foot from the multiple trails in the park.
 
 
Cougar Pass

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 80 ft.
Highest Point: 1300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
The Cougar Pass Trail is a short connector in the northern part of Cougar Mountain Regional Park. It links the Klondike Swamp trail at its western end to Tibbett’s Marsh Trail at its eastern end.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Coal Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.26
(27 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.
 
 
Lewis Creek Park

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.3 miles of trails
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 907.0 ft.
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.
 
 
Wildside Connector

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The Wildside Trail runs through the northwest corner of Cougar Mountain Park and offers many connections to other trails.
 
 
Military Ridge

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The Military Ridge Trail is part of the vast Cougar Mountain trail network. The trail is a connector trail, so it can only be reached via other trails in the area and does not have its own trailhead.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.