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

Good hike, but ends pretty abruptly without any kind of showcase. A lot of bugs when we went, but still enjoyed!

Had a great hike today. Currently bit muddy, and slippery. A kid and a pet were with us.
The trail is steep at places.
There is no view from top, if you are expecting it. But the wilderness is a wonderful experience.

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7 days ago

Last weekend my golden retriever pup and I enjoyed this trail.

My golden retriever pup and I enjoyed this trail very much last weekend.

nice trail but can be lost in there without a GPS.

6/11/2018 (Monday) - My loop is much larger than the "official" one. I start from Red Town, out via Wildside, Quarry, Fred's, to Wilderness Peak. The signing book is no longer available from last time (2 months ago). Then, go be the level Fred's, Klondike Swamp, Lost Beagle up to the 2nd peak, the radio tower on the former AA Peak, where I have lunch, then I move down via Lost Beagle, Coyote Creek, Cave Hole back to Red Town. The loop is 8 miles, takes me 4 hours. All trails are in good condition.

nice n relaxing trail

Not much significant to look at, but nice complexity and challenge.

The entrance to the parking lot is a bit steep and has a large pot hole so make sure to slow down as you enter off the turn. We took the trail clockwise and were happy we did since the descent was steeper than ascent. The loop was about 6.4 miles and 1709 elevation gain. Our map said Long View Peak had a viewpoint, but we didn't seem to find it (our map was also dated 2014). Unfortunately, Doughty Falls was dry so there was no waterfall, but Cabbage Creek was gradually flowing. Made it to Wilderness Peak which had a cute wooden bench to sit down and rest. Please note there is no lookout from Wilderness Peak. Lots of gnats near the bench rest stop so we didn't stay long since we didn't have bug spray. Beautiful ferns throughout the hike and several wooden bridges to cross. Great workout and a well-maintained trail, enjoy!

Beautiful hike!

We enjoyed this hike. Gorgeous terrain. Many teens and an oasis just past a residential area in Renton. Who knew!?

Despite lacking a vista at the peak, this hike is absolutely gorgeous and is lush with streams and ferns. I took Trailhead Direct from Mount Baker to Margaret’s Way, and then just walked to the trailhead across the road, so it’s convenient to get to without a car. Lots of different options if you decide to extend your hike, and lots runners, children, and people with dogs.

5/19/2018 (Saturday) -- I added this route and AllTrails approved it. It seems that most Red Town users may not take Military Road Trail up to Sky Country, and then down to Coal Creek Falls. This is loop of about 2 hours' walk that requires more efforts than those most popular trails with moderate elevation gains (more than 700 ft), so it should be considered as an ideal workout for less energetic but active hikers.

It was a hot day last summer and it was pretty Woodsy.. nothing too crazy cool

5/13/2018 (Sunday) - 9:15-12:30, 65-75F, sunny, not hot in the woods. Up via Big Tree Ridge, Red Cedars, No Name, Bear Ridge, Tibbetts Creek, Tibbetts Marsh, Lost Beagle to the peak radio tower. Lunch with picnic table. Down via Shangri La, Surprise Creek, Precipice Top, Military Ridge, passing Harvey Manning Park, straight down via an unmaintained old and nice trail (very rarely used) to Newport Way TH. Busy Mother's Day, all parking lots are full. Lots of family groups. Trails are dry, very well-drainage.

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1 month ago

5/13/2018 (Sunday) - 9:15-12:30, 65-75F, sunny, not hot in the woods. Up via Big Tree Ridge, Red Cedars, No Name, Bear Ridge, Tibbetts Creek, Tibbetts Marsh, Lost Beagle to the peak radio tower. Lunch with picnic table. Down via Shangri La, Surprise Creek, Precipice Top, Military Ridge, passing Harvey Manning Park, straight down via an unmaintained old and nice trail (very rarely used) to Newport Way TH. Busy Mother's Day, all parking lots are full. Lots of family groups. Trails are dry, very well-drainage.

Nice hike on a sunny morning

Great place to easily and quickly get out of the city and hit the trails. Lots of potential for many different routes and distances.

Pretty tree-filled hike. Bridges across water points are in good shape. Hike finishes at a bench in the woods. Looping the trail leads to a single track trail back down.

5/8/2018 (Monday) -- The trailhead for this loop with light traffic is at the cul-de-sac of 171st Ave SE. The trails are well maintained with good drainage, so there is almost no mud at all, why the creeks are still running, and the falls have not become dry yet. Leaves have mostly grown out, so shade is there for a sunny day. In the woods, temperature is 5-10 degrees cooler than in the open areas.

Great day hike. Several side trails can make it longer if you want. Completely dry at this time of year (May).

Easy hike. We took whole family, kids and family members of all ages. Views are of forest and trees thought we might see a bit more of the area. We did stick to main loop. Maybe next time we will go off main trail to see if views change.

Great trail. Huge parking lot, easy trail surface. We took a detour to see some falls so our hike was 9 miles. Not too hard with elevation. Lots of streams, bridges, well maintained. Saw horses & runners.

The hike itself is ok, but as others have mentioned, the “view” is underwhelming and does not make for much of a destination. Opt for the Big Tree Ridge Trail instead if you want a truly stunning view from Cougar Mountain. Also, the only moderate section of this trail is the somewhat steep decline to the so called lookout. This can easily be bypassed by continuing down the main trail and then traversing .1 mile to the lookout. Traverse back and finish the loop.

solid hike, still muddy in spots.

Hiked this recently on a trip to Seattle. This trail was amazing! And I loved seeing all the dogs on the trails.

Good exercise hike. Enough steepness to give you a workout and some semi-old growth trees to salute along the way. Of course you will take water.

I would have given it a 5, but the view at the top was not very clear. the trail itself is beautiful and not too difficult. beautiful ferns and rivers throughout the hike. saw some cool mushrooms. overall good hike. would love to do it again.

Beautiful nature jaunt! This was a perfect day/time of year for this trail. The signs were a bit confusing at times, so I recommend having a map or knowing the intersections and names of the trails ahead of time. Definitely dog and kiddo friendly w/light traffic. I will be back with my dogs when in the area again. Great experience!

“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” -Chief Seattle

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