Shy Bear Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Coalfield, Washington that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Because being comparatively far away from the popular trailhead at Red Town, the trails on the southern part of the Cougar Mountain are most lightly used in the whole regional park, but they actually have rich and interesting features, including footbridges across marshes and seasonal falls. By names, the trails include Indian, Licorice, Far Country, Shy Bear, Deceiver, Long View Peak, Ring Road...
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.
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.