Big Tree Ridge Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and trail running.
This section of trail is one of the best workout routes on Cougar Mountain. It is lightly used. A small unofficial parking place on the side of Newport Way main be used by about half a dozen cars. The trail condition is good, and grading is not gentle. On the top, the trail is connected to a well-known "broadway" - Shangri-La Trail, and then to the Anti-Aircraft Peak, where there is a "Million Dollar View" looking to half of the Sammamish Lake. If weather is fine, one may even see Mt Baker's snow-covered top.
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.
6/10/2016 (Friday) -- 9:00 - 1:00, with Wai, 6 miles from point-to-point from Big Tree Ridge to Red Town, 55-64F, partly sunny, comfortable weather, great trail condition, light traffic, good workout. Lunch at Sky Country for 20 minutes. Up to AA Peak from Big Tree Ridge trailhead for 1.5 hours. Big Tree Ridge section is in better condition than last year (Aug/Sep). Go to Red Town from Sky Country via Military Trail.