Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Issaquah, WA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This hike is similar to other Cougar Mountain hikes, semi-steep start with gentle trails once you reach the top of the park. Winter is a great time to do this hike, since the views are better and spots of snow and ice make for an interesting hike. There is still plenty of "green" on this hike, thanks to moss, ferns and evergreen trees. It also seems like more wildlife is out and about -- maybe they are just more visible since there was less tree cover to hide within. This is the highest point within the Cougar Mountain Park. To get here you can take either the Wilderness Creek Trail or the Wilderness Cliffs Trail. The hike up to this point can be a challenge where you will encounter a steep climb and at times, rocky terrain. The final stretch to the peak is a gentle short climb where you can rest and relax. On your way up towards the peak you will be surrounded by giant ferns. The trail is shady, provided by the large Douglas fir trees over head. After your short hike down this trail you will come to a small clearing and a large wooden bench. The peak on this mountain does not afford you a view as the top is covered in a dense forest. Take a seat on the giant wooden chair and relax, reflect on your accomplishment of making it to the peak. Before heading back down the mountain take a minute to sign the log book located across from the wooden chair, showing that you made it to the top.
one of the most poorly marked trails I've ever been on. Pay very close attention otherwise your 4-mile hike could turn into a 10-mile hike.
Good little trail with options to make it longer if desired. Good trail conditions and the trailhead has immediate parking for the early birds. Several geocaches in the area if you are into that.
Nice hike. There isn't any grand view at the "peak" but the loop is nice. a very nice walk in the woods.
amazing! Trail head was easy to locate and there was an abundance of signs to inform you along the way. Trail is moderate for the first .5 miles, steep and a few switchbacks. After that it is beautiful, quiet and a great way to unwind. My two dogs had no problem and they are 10 and 8. Shout out to the people who maintain that area!!!!!
Great hike for all skill levels, definitely gets your blood pumping and sweaty! No view like most people said, but very lush and green with birds singing, some wildflowers and large boulders. We took Whittaker trail up to gombu trail back down Whittaker to make it a loop. Took just about two hours at a slow pace. Parking lot was full but was surprised to see no more than 5 or 6 people here
And there all heading different directions, not too bad for a Saturday afternoon!
This place was horrible we got lost for like an hour the maps are not even right. Not going there again
This is a very-well maintained and less-used trail than other hikes in the area. The first mile is uphill, providing a good workout. As the name implies, there is no view from the top. In fact, it's easy to wonder if you are at the top! The loop makes the hike terrific for a short workout or simply a nice hike in the Cascade lowlands.
Nice trails, peak was a bit of a let down.
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.
#1- Definitely grab a map!
I thought it was absolutely beautiful here. Started off at the Wilderness Creek Trail and did the loop to Whittaker Wilderness Peak and back. I which I would have known sooner that the "Peak View" wasn't at ALL a view. It was such a disappointment since it was just a wooden bench surrounded by more forest. I found the Wilderness Creek Trail to be pretty "moderate", as I felt like I was hiking straight up! Definitely harder than the other trails on here marked as moderate. But it was worth it, and it was absolutely beautiful. Next time I'll start at the other end and check out some of the other trails for sure.
It's beautiful. The paths are kind of blah so I just kinda made my own course. Some parts are easy and some are challenging.
well kept trail. There is some deadfall to climb over and a few under. Got mixed up at a few trail intersections. I would come back to explore more and train.
3/16/2016 (Wednesday) -- I started from Skyline trailhead, took around one hour to the Wilderness Peak, then looped from Gombu down and Whittaker up for around 1:10, backed from Shy Bear to Fred's, By Pass, Old Man to parking place, a total of 3 hours. This is my first visit to Cougar Mountain, also my first serious hike, in 2016, a partly sunny spring morning. Trails are in good shape, not as muddy as I thought. Leaves have not come out, so I can got much sunlight. Temperature is 43-50F.