Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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.

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

A very nice easy trail system that is nicely marked. It's a nice area and will definitely keep going back.

first hike on the west coast! temperature was great. there are a few stretches of up hill battles. all in all a nice hike with a lot of scenic views throughout the woods. not much of a spot to lookout at other mountains.

Snow on ground on first half of hike, rain/hail/drops from melting snow during second half. Grab the map at the kiosk, so many trail markers and intersections. Lots of trail runners even with snow. Will go back to run trails and go to Calcutta Restaurant at Newcastle golf resort for mimosa flight and real putt putt golf with a view!

Good running trail as the elevation gain is minimal for a hike but not a whole lot to see on the way. Moderate but persistent grade; there is more interesting terrain on the Anti-aircraft ridge trail and some cool logs you can jump over on your way up or down the mountain. There’s an okay view at the beginning of the trailhead of Lake Sammamish but there’s not much space to enjoy it.

walking
3 months ago

really nice forest trail.

3 months ago

I am not sure why this wouldn’t get more 5 stars. It’s appropriately rated, easy to get to, trial is nice, and there are many many smaller trails to make it more challenging or longer. I went to both waterfalls, the first set is about .5 miles from the cul de sac, and cascade waterfalls are 1.0 in but another .5 uphill to get to. Very little mud, very few hikers (2pm on a Thursday till 5pm). I had a small dog and a baby strapped to my front and was comfortable the whole time.

Well marked, relatively easy hike. Moderate traffic, saw about 15 people.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice view but small view point and trees block view little

hiking
4 months ago

Nice calm trail wiith a beautiful waterfall view

4 months ago

Perfect easy trail for a wet afternoon.

I couldn't neccessarily find the De Leo Wall trail because tho it was marked on the map, there was no "you are here" point. Also, none of the trails were marked De Leo Wall.
However, this was a fun little hub of interconnected trails.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Lots of different side trails to choose from. Far Country Falls was amazing to see

5 months ago

Went over the summer, and the hike was eclipsed by how buggy it was. Very pretty, though.

Great for the family or by yourself. Good views and leisurely hike. Make it more of a challenge by running it.

Great for after work walks with your pup!

Nice walk in the fall, even after rain. The road is still not that wet. One thing to remember is the viewpoint is nothing but a small platform with little view to Renton direction thru trees. And if you continue after the view point, make sure you do not turn right into a way to local community. Always check GPS for right turns.

Well marked. Mostly flat.

hiking
7 months ago

There were others on the trail, but it didn't feel busy. Even though it is close to neighborhoods, it feels remote.

A bit shorter and not much elevation. I would consider it a easy hike. A few pretty views but not breath taking. Geocaching treasure hidden ☺️ bring a little nic nac to leave behind if you find it!

9 months ago

Wasn't what I expected. It was very dull for me & my dog. If you want a long flat hike for a few miles it's okay. But nothing special.

Very well maintained and signposted trails, but doublecheck your maps at each one. We had three on us and still made a wrong turn to add a mile. Great for kids and older folks, nothing too challenging.

hiking
10 months ago

The view from De Leo Wall is underwhelming. But the journey itself is quite pleasant.

10 months ago

Easy hike with kids. We did a couple side trails too for about a 4mile total hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous trail but waterfall was not running and the lookout is overgrown.

hiking
11 months 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.

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