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

on Indian Trail

5 days ago

8 days ago

Got to the trail head around 8:30 this morning and there were only a few cars in the parking lot. I like that you don't need any parking permit for this trail. The map was very useful for navigating all the forks in the trails. Followed to the de leo wall lookout point. Not sure if the lookout point was worth it. It was very steep to go down and you don't actually look at anything other than trees. Followed the trail down there back to the de leo wall trail. I didn't follow the loop to go back the way I came. Instead wandered longer on some of the other trails. That's the part I liked most about this area. You can go on a short walk or go longer by using connecting trails. Will probably go here again to explore other parts.

This loop is almost completely forested with only a short part (Lost Beagle Trail) as moderate. The rest is easy, quiet, and relaxing. Note that the "anti-aircraft ridge" trail is also called the "Harvey Manning" trail on the latest park maps. If you have a relaxing two hours, this is a quick getaway. There was no hoped for viewpoint, however.

10 days ago

Nice place to go walking. No spectacular views or anything. Pretty easy trails. Highly trafficked.

Nice easy hike for young kids. Convenient to Seattle and Eastside. Easy to find and ample parking.

Not easy to follow with so many trails on Cougar Mtn, but it's a great compilation of trails to make close to a 7 mile hike.

on De Leo Wall Trail

17 days ago

Quiet and peaceful with a bit of a workout. The loop was taken counterclockwise to avoid steep climbs. Taking the viewpoint #2 trail option had some issues: 1) the trail marker was broken off and left leaning on a tree about 50 yards past the trail - walk back and you'll see the trail downward;. 2) the trail down is getting overgrown and is steep and rocky / sandy / slippery - trekking poles are highly recommended for downhill safety; 3) the view is partially obscured by vegetation; 4) after the trail (you kept going after the viewpoint rather than a tough climb back up), the next trail marker would have you turn left but that takes you back clockwise - instead, just keep going straight to continue.

Very easy and really lovely and peaceful

very easy hike, both of my knees are bad and this trail was pretty easy going. A couple of Tylenol were needed on the way back but not too bad.

19 days ago

Lots of pretty flowers. Found an oval worry stone in the ball park meadow, if anyone is missing it.