Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Nice hike on a sunny morning

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.

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.

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

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

3/19/2018 (Monday) - Two-hour loop from outside the gate at the end of SE 87th St (driving from 144th PL SE). Move up counterclockwise along an unmanaged trail which connects to De Leo Wall trail, go downhill a little to the intersection with Wildside trail, then go uphill back to the top of the De Leo Wall, move down along the Terrace Trail of Newcastle City.

Well maintained easy to moderate hike. The waterfalls were nice.

It was easy but it was beautiful by the falls. It gets better once your are off the gravel path.

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.

on Deceiver Trail

2 months ago

Trailhead said Jim Whitaker, not deceiver. Good hike, steep @ the beginning

Lovely winter - early spring hike. Lots of open sky on a sunny March day before the maples and alders leaf out. Busy in the first/last mile near trailhead.

walking
3 months ago

really nice forest trail.

Good hike, worth doing, bit really not much to see other than woods... the waterfall is nice. Lots of access and short cut paths to make the hike shorter or longer.

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.

Excellent hike with some trail running on the easier sections. I added the Whitaker Wilderness Peak to Wilderness Creek loop that made it 8 miles and 2500 feet elevation gain. It was a good workout.

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.

should be listed as a 'easy' trail. Gorgeous waterfall. Go early. Lots of afternoon activity.

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!

on Coal Creek Falls Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, short, mostly easy trail with a beautiful waterfall at the "end" of it as a nice payoff. Go on a rainy day if you want to see a bigger waterfall. During dry weather, it's barely a trickle.

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 maintained trails and a beautiful setting! Only problem is the trail heads are confusing. We pooped around several times, and while we found the swamp and the mine shaft which were great, we never found the waterfalls. Ran into a couple other hikers with the same issue, haha.

Well marked. Mostly flat.

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