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Results List

173 Hikes
South Tiger Powerline

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
Cut across to the south section of the Tiger Mountain Trail from the South Tiger Traverse.
 
 
South Tiger Traverse

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
A short hike on the south side of Tiger Mountain through beautiful old forest.
 
 
Hazel Wolf Wetlands

Issaquah Alps

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 60 ft.
Highest Point: 525.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.78
(9 votes)
Hike a loop around this exceptional wetland. In season, view a variety of waterfowl. And marvel at the close-up views of beaver dams.
 
 
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.
 
 
Phils Trail - Thrush Gap Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1606 ft.
Highest Point: 2037.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
2.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
A conveniently accessed, easy walk through historical and picturesque downtown Issaquah and surrounding forests.
 
 
Little Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
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.
 
 
Timberlake Park

Issaquah Alps

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Timberlake Park consists of 24 acres in the city of Issaquah. While most of the park is forested, the trail leads to the Lake Sammamish shoreline, including a beach area.
 
 
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.
 
 
Phil's Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Perimeter Loop Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Extend your hike on Squak Mountain by connecting the May Valley Trail with the Chybinski Trail via the Perimeter Loop Trail.
 
 
Old Griz

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
A connector trail on the east side of Squak Mountain. Make loops of Summit Trail and Phil's Creek or East Ridge Trail with Old Griz.
 
 
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.
 
 
McGarvey Park

Issaquah Alps

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 851.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Acquired by King County in 2000, McGarvey Park Open Space is a 400-acre multiuse forest connecting King County’s Petrovitsky Park with Wetland 14 Natural Area and Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park.
 
 
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.
 
 
Sycamore Access Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike the steep Sycamore Access Trail on the northeast side of Squak Mountain. Enjoy the mixed forest and a few small streams. Continue farther on the East Ridge Trail and, optionally, extend your hike to make it an interesting loop across the higher slopes of Squak Mountain.
 
 
 
1.3 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Golf Course Trail is part of the trail network running through the residential town of Newcastle. This trail parallels Golf Club Road along a forested band.
 
 
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.