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hiking
1 day ago

Nice easy hike on a crisp fall day. Only trouble was navigation, very few trail markers/wayfinding signage.

snowshoeing
6 days ago

Lots of snow once you leave the forest. Ended up putting on snow shoes. Turned around before descending into the meadow. To much snow, breaking trail most of the way and ran out of day light. Road is rough coming in so plan on an extra 1/2 hr just to dodge pot holes.

Nice fall hike, rain on fallen big maple leaves made the trail slippery in places. This hike was at least a mile longer than the 5.3 listed in the description— I made a wrong turn and did some backtracking, but that couldn’t have been more than a mile round trip and my tracker came out at 7.7 miles.

Still couldn't find the Wall after two attempts; don't know what I'm actually looking for either. The walk is nice but was hoping for a destination or a view of something. Still a pleasant piece of Cougar Mountain to experience.

trail running
1 month ago

You can be in the middle of a forest right in Bellevue. It’s beautiful. Smooth single and double track trail running.

trail running
1 month ago

This trail is conveniently located near where I live so it's a go to when I need hills incorporated into my training. It's nice and peaceful but there are houses on much of it. This is one that I like to take my headphones with and zone out. I wouldn't agree with the other comments about the gates, they haven't been an issue for me and I still couldn't understand why they would be even with a bike...

It was a nice walk in the middle of woods. Good way to get some exercise.

This was a great day hiking. While there were several cars in the parking lot (September, Thursday, noon) I happened on only one person along the trail. As mentioned in previous reviews this trail is loaded with junctions. There should be maps at the information station at the trailhead; take one of the maps form the information station at the trailhead.

The trail is generally flat until after Shy Bear Pass. When the elevation changes come they do so quickly. At this point the trail also switches from smooth to rocky. Nothing technical but you will want to watch your foot placement.

While the route doesn’t specifically include it I do recommend taking the short spur to Wilderness Peak. Sign the registry, have sit on the bench, and enjoy the moment. While the peak lacks a stunning view you should never miss an opportunity to summit.

Central Peak was a very disappointing ending. most of the Creeks are dried up but it's summer. Trail markers get worse the higher that you get some splits aren't marked at all.

No spectacular views, but good scenery the whole duration of the trail. Make sure to have a map with you, as it can get quite confusing with the number of junctions this trail has. If you have trekking poles bring them as they will be useful at the midpoint of the trail as that is where most of the elevation change occurs.

It is an easy trail for walk. You can take your kids or dog but don't go alone. Better to be in company :)

I really enjoyed this area. There are many connected trails so that even though there was a running event happening, we didn't run into many people. I took my pup and was able to have her leash dragging for a large majority of it, just grabbing her when people went by. It was an easy hike, with just a couple of mildly challenging portions.

beautiful and peaceful

loved it! beautiful, peaceful, got to see some horsies, and wasn't too strenuous. perfect hike for beginners!

hiking
3 months ago

Not too much to see along the trail. The trail is not well marked, so I got lost once.

great hike nice and quiet.

Decent view, nice hike

2 big uphill sections (relative of course)
all the water is dried up along the way but cool and green all over
a challenge for kids but doable!

Beautiful, easy trail. Not many views, though. There is a cool meadow restoration halfway through that is worth reading about. Lots of history along this trail. Perfect for if you need to get some exercise and live nearby, but it doesn’t offer any of the typical PNW views.

Tip: grab a map at the entrance. It is easy to get lost, as there are many trails that intersect.

well maintained trail. no views in summer. could be very pretty in the fall, lots of deciduous trees. did not see anyone else on trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a bit of a meh hike. Other trails in area have better payout for elevation gain. Well marked, trail in good condition. Trailhead had about six cars in addition to mine. Passed three small groups. Felt alone most of hike.

The map that is associated with this hike takes you to the straight up and back, not the loop. We didn’t make it to the top as it started to get really hot and we knew we entered from the wrong trail head. Discovery pass is required which we didn’t know being new to the area. It was a beautiful hike but water was dried up. Not a soul on the trail which was a little strange but all in all it was a good work out if nothing else.

Wasn’t really a fan of the really skinny trail and that it was basically right off the street the entire time so it took away from that “in nature”’feeling I love so much.

Most of the elevation is towards the last .5 mi of the hike and that hit the dogs hard, especially the older smaller one.

However, the fireplace is really pretty neat and I like the picnic tables set up there, it was nice to stop and take a snack and water break with the dogs.

I would still do it again.

Lovely flora!
Easy to moderate hike. Peaceful. Not very busy. Lots of views of........trees! Big-leaf maple, Douglas fir, redwood/cedar,
Lots of blackberries, huckleberry, salmon berry, barberry (look a bit like blueberries), elderberry
Common holly, western sword fern, lady’s fern
Lady’s glove, large tree fungus, henbit dead-nettle,
Spiders, bumblebees, black slugs
Only a few mosquitoes in a few spots. No bites.
Beautiful moss and lichen covered boulders
Get Google Lens app if you can. It’s fun!

nice easy stroll in the woods. good for running too. so peaceful and green. I loved it.

did this on 7/14/18. still a little bit of snow towards the top, but no need for crampons. gorgeous views

limited parking, good for little children.

Trail is all gradual uphill around the last half mile it gets kinda hard because your going steep up but it it worth it! I would consider this moderate not easy depending on you. The woods toward the fireplace are very beautiful reminds me of a fairytale.

really nice trail. I went today with my two kids and they loved it!

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