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Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is a regional park in King County, Washington, near the towns of Bellevue and Issaquah.

on De Leo Wall Trail

1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Peaceful, and wilderness. Love it.

hiking
4 days ago

1/13/2017 (Friday) -- Start from Sky Country at 10:15, hiking near 4 hours, 30-37F, party sunny. Loop clockwise. Some trails are covered with ice, but the trails on the souther part are dry and frozen with good traction.

Nice hike, easily marked trails, close to main road but seems like you're deep in the woods. Great workout, with switch backs. Flowing stream and little brooks/bridges to walk over. Lots of connecting trails to get lost on. I will be back for more adventures.

hiking
27 days ago

12/21/2016 (Wednesday) -- 9:10 - 12:30, solo, 5.5 miles, 40-45F, sunny. Up from Big Tree Ridge, Surprise Creek, Shangri La to AA Peak, which has been renamed Harvey Manning Peak, and down via Tibbetts Marsh, Protector, Shangri La, No Name, Precipice Top, Military Ridge to Harvey Manning Park, and then Harvey Manning Trail, Big Tree Ridge back to the TH. I feel the trails in winter are in better condition than in other seasons. There is no bugs, no much overgrowth, no leaves to block the view and sunlight... If mud is frozen in a colder day (below 30F), that would be even better. One more advantage - better solitude.

hiking
1 month ago

5/2/2016 (Monday) - Get up and start early at 7:30 to enjoy the cool environment of the woods on a hot day, hiking 4 hours (7:50 - 11:50) with temperature changing from 63 to 80F. The southern section of trails is very lightly used as compared with others on Cougar Mountain, but the woods are more pleasant, and the trails are more interesting (featuring footbridges across marshes) and in good condition. By names, the trails I used include: Licorice, Far Country, Shy Bear, Deceiver, Long View Peak, Ring Road... I visited two "lookouts" which have no view and two "falls" which have no water.

hiking
1 month ago

11/29/2016 (Tuesday) - After one week, I returned to this trail with Wai for a longer and more complex track to test my knees, which feel OK. The trails on Cougar Mountain seem to be in better conditions than before, especially the Red Town Trail, which has a new layer of gravels. It is a rare sunny afternoon with mild temperature. Viewpoint Trail, which is a bit dangerous, has better traction after rains, and not muddy at all.

on Indian Trail

1 month ago

Nice easy walk, pretty waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

11/22/2016 (Tuesday) -- Exactly 3 months after my knee injury, I took this well-maintained short and gentle slope to test my ability, and found I could barely walk up and down with the creaky knees with the help of hiking poles. This trail remained dry in spite of the wet season, just being covered with dried and rotten leaves. It is not yet available on AllTrails, so I add it as a new trail for later use.

since it is now fall season there are a lot of leaves on the ground which will cover up the surprise roots of the trees that pop out and trip you! So other than that it was a lot of greenery and the view was okay...nothing to thrive on....decent workout nonetheless.

walking
4 months ago

A nice, super easy and casual walk in the woods.

Easy. Nice lookout in the middle of the loop.

Easy hike to help train for more difficult hikes. This is a good place to train a dog as well.