Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Hiking Hiking Guide

Hiking Guide

WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

We respectfully acknowledge the lands we are visiting are the homelands of Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest, some of whom have reserved treaty rights on these lands. Tribes continue to rely on and share in the management of these lands today. Please tread gently and treat these places with respect.

Results List

173 Hikes
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.
 
 
Equestrian Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
2.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 720 ft.
Highest Point: 1260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
The name of this trail may suggest this is horseback rider heaven, but it’s also great for hikers.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
2.3 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Highlands Trail forms a loop around the Highlands neighborhood in the city of Newcastle.
 
 
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.
 
 
Squak Mountain Traverse

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
7.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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!
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(77 votes)
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
East Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
A 1.5 mile connector trail winding up the East Ridge of Squak Mountain. Accesses the Summit Trail and the East Side Trail.
 
 
Northwest Timber Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(15 votes)
The Northwest Timber Trail can be an easy first hike for young hikers, or it can be a pleasant stroll for experienced hikers when they have limited time. For many, this trail is a gateway to other routes that lead to more distant goals, such as the Silent Swamp Loop or the Preston Railroad Grade, or to forest roads that lead to the summit of East Tiger.
 
 
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.
 
 
Tiger Mountain Trail North

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
Hike along the northern half of the main Tiger Mountain Trail, the TMT. If you like, make it a shorter hike and turn around at any of a number of pleasant stopping spots, or perhaps hike on as far as Custer's Bridge, one of the most remote places in the Tigers.
 
 
 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 460.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
Hike a 1.2 mile loop trail through this forest preserve. Appreciate the exceptionally tall trees, both deciduous and coniferous. Pass some swampy areas with standing water, and note the exuberant growth of ferns and hanging moss.
 
 
West Tiger No. 1 via Fred's Corner

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2450 ft.
Highest Point: 2948.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(10 votes)
Hike through some great second-growth forest to reach the second highest summit in the Tigers. Then enjoy a superb viewpoint a short distance west of the summit.
 
 
Paw Print Connector

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
A connector trail on Tiger Mountain. Access from Tiger Mountain Trail, 15 Mile Railroad Grade, East Tiger, and Upper and Middle Bootleg Trail.
 
 
Squak Mountain's East Side Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
It's appropriate that this hike begins in the heart of Issaquah. In the language of the native tribes, Ishquowh means "sound of water birds." The raspy name of this mountain destination, meanwhile, comes from the raucous calls of the herons that migrate through this area in the spring and fall--their mighty squak, squak, squak! echoes off the forested slopes of Squak Mountain.
 
 
May Valley Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
This quiet, little-used trail wanders through a lowland forest and up the South side of Squak Mountain along Bullitt Creek.
 
 
West Tiger Four-Summit Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2830 ft.
Highest Point: 2948.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
0.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This area is managed primarily as important riparian habitat, but there are a couple short trails, one heading into the upland portion of the property and the other following along the river.
 
 
South Tiger Mountain Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 2028.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
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.