Big Tree Ridge Trail

EASY 17 reviews

Big Tree Ridge Trail is a 4.2 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 and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1171 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

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
17 days ago

walking
17 days ago

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

hiking
2 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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
Sunday, August 28, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015