Big Tree Ridge Trail

EASY 34 reviews

Big Tree Ridge Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,358 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

This section of trail is one of the best workout routes on Cougar Mountain. It is lightly used. A small unofficial parking place on the side of Newport Way main be used by about half a dozen cars. The trail condition is good, and grading is not gentle. On the top, the trail is connected to a well-known "broadway" - Shangri-La Trail, and then to the Anti-Aircraft Peak, where there is a "Million Dollar View" looking to half of the Sammamish Lake. If weather is fine, one may even see Mt Baker's snow-covered top.

hiking
21 days ago

Great training trail close to Issaquah, usually inside of two hrs up and down, nice path of older trees on ridge going up, hence the name "big tree ridge".

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1 month ago

nice workout, limited views

hiking
3 months 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.

walking
8 months ago

This is a good 2 hour workout! Maintained and well signed as well.

hiking
10 months ago

9/16/2017 (Saturday) - We start the hike from and finish it at "Harvey Manning Park", taking two "unmaintained" trails up and down: "Harvey Manning Trail" and "Military Ridge Trail", passing "Big Tree Ridge", "Red Cedar", "Surprise Creek", "Shangri La", "No Name", "Precipice Top". The loop is 3.3 miles, 900 ft, very light traffic.

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Good trail for a great workout....Light traffic, steep, steady climb to get the heart thumping. I totally disagree with the easy rating...Moderate at the very least. Very few overlooks or views. Can be slippery when wet..Good hikers' shoes recommended.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

The winding series of switchbacks made for a comfortable, gradual hike. The view from the top was somewhat disappointing.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

There are a lot of switch backs on this trail but there are great views of lake samamish

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

12/21/2016 (Wednesday) -- 9:10 - 12:30, solo, 5.5 miles, 40-45F, sunny. Up from Big Tree Ridge, Surprise Creek, Shangri La to AA Peak, which has been renamed Harvey Manning Peak, and down via Tibbetts Marsh, Protector, Shangri La, No Name, Precipice Top, Military Ridge to Harvey Manning Park, and then Harvey Manning Trail, Big Tree Ridge back to the TH. I feel the trails in winter are in better condition than in other seasons. There is no bugs, no much overgrowth, no leaves to block the view and sunlight... If mud is frozen in a colder day (below 30F), that would be even better. One more advantage - better solitude.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

6/10/2016 (Friday) -- 9:00 - 1:00, with Wai, 6 miles from point-to-point from Big Tree Ridge to Red Town, 55-64F, partly sunny, comfortable weather, great trail condition, light traffic, good workout. Lunch at Sky Country for 20 minutes. Up to AA Peak from Big Tree Ridge trailhead for 1.5 hours. Big Tree Ridge section is in better condition than last year (Aug/Sep). Go to Red Town from Sky Country via Military Trail.

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