Cougar Trails Loop

EASY 42 reviews

Cougar Trails Loop is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Vancouver, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
206 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

The Cougar Trails project provides several miles of walking, jogging and biking paths. Designated jogging paths and interpretive trails provide all-weather walking surface wide enough for people.

1 month ago

Fun little trail, good for kids

6 months ago

beautiful trails, but not well marked and had to wander around for a while to find a nice trail, hard to find parking

hiking
7 months ago

Several trails but not well identified. muddy in places

7 months ago

Not well marked, we got lost several times, no good place to park.

hiking
7 months ago

Pros: Close to Portland Metro Area, so if you don't want to spend a lot of time driving to a trail you can get here relatively quickly from town. Has a variety of scenery, a couple of creeks, meadows, forest, and WSU campus. Dogs allowed.
Cons: There are many crisscrossing and parallel trails that are not well signed so it can be easy to lose your bearings. On the other hand, it is surround by suburbs on every side, so you couldn't get lost in the wilderness. I did find that using the All Trails app on my cell phone GPS, with the "Satellite" layer turned on allowed us to see where we were.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail with some portions along a stream. A few places were very wet due to a very wet winter. It is partially on the University of Washington campus. Suggest using a parking lot on campus during weekends.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trails! As mentioned earlier, a little tricky to navigate at first. I believe the orange or yellow trail (whichever one goes through the woods) is the best one for hiking. Many others are paved and just circle campus. The trails through the woods are gorgeous! Took the kids and dog and all did great. Also runs by a river. Will definitely be here regularly!!

walking
9 months ago

I was bored after class one day and was walking around campus and happened upon the trail. It was extremely easy and a nice little walk. If it's been raining wear some shoes you don't mind getting dirty; the trail got a little muddy.

10 months ago

Nice local trails for a quick escape outside. Only wish the loops/trails were marked better.

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

This is a great, easy set of trails. Truly beautiful. I took my Yorkie there. As someone else mentioned, it is definitely not for strollers, at least not the trail I took. Actually, I don't know which trail I took. The only issue I have with this area is that, while it's great to have signs showing the different trails, I had no idea where on the map I was. I pulled out my phone and figured it out from my AllTrails app, but I still wasn't sure which direction to go in, and I shouldn't have to rely on my phone. A "you are here" dot would go a long way. Luckily, it's a pretty straightforward hike, and eventually you'll end up back on campus. Overall a nice hike on a hot day.

walking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Awesome long, multi'trail for different users. runners, wallets, bikes. ..and we took our dog on a walk. we got a little lost in the trails but in the end ended up back at the cat some they all go in a loop around WSU.

we will be back!

Friday, March 18, 2016

This was my first time using the app and decided to try Cougar Trail. At first I thought it was odd that it was on the WSU campus (new to the area and didn't put together the correlation); However, the walk was great with many options. With views of Mt. Saint Helen's and Mt Hood, not bad for an urban trail!

walking
Friday, March 06, 2015

I STRONGLY recommend NOT taking a stroller.

While parts of the interpretive trail are very nice for a stroller, other parts are truly "mountain trail" and we had to have our youngest son out of the stroller as I struggled to pull the stroller backwards up many parts of the trail.

Other than that, I would say this is truly a gem in the "city" of Vancouver. Much better than I was even hoping for. You will want to park off of 50th so you don't have to pay to park at the college. There is room for maybe 2-3 cars off of Salmon Creek Blvd near the WSU Barn, but the small lot on 50th can hold approx. 8.. Mill Creek is worth the walk. From the parking lot off of 50th we walked over 2 miles and did not even complete the entire 1.1 mile set of fingers.

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