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
242 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.

5 months ago

It was a decent trail but directions to get here are very confusing and we ended up parking on the side of the road. Just from walking the trail, it came through the university so parking there would have been much easier. Trail goes through trees but you also walk on paved sidewalks next to the roads/traffic. Busy trail.

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9 months ago

This trail is beautifully paved and well maintained. At postings, you will see a map displaying color-coded routes to help you decide which route to take based on length and areas of the hike. I would come back here again for another hike or bike ride. However, keep in mind this trail is not off-leash friendly. As a dog mama, I love when I'm able to take my dog hiking with me off-leash. Some portions of this trail are too close to the road for dogs to roam off-leash safely.

10 months ago

Choice of 4 loops-easy trail. Poor signage. Muddy and roots thru forest. Best direction are go to WSU, go straight instead of turning into college.TH by WSU barn. poor parking.

hiking
10 months ago

good workout with inner trails and hills, watch your step in a few places. Dog friendly.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fun little trail, good for kids

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Several trails but not well identified. muddy in places

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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
Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

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
Sunday, March 19, 2017

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.

Monday, March 06, 2017

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

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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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