Red Town (Cougar Mountain) Trail

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Red Town (Cougar Mountain) Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newcastle, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
544 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 13. Right (south) on Lakemont Boulevard S.E for 3.1 miles. Left into Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Parks Red Town trailhead

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful, easy trail. Not many views, though. There is a cool meadow restoration halfway through that is worth reading about. Lots of history along this trail. Perfect for if you need to get some exercise and live nearby, but it doesn’t offer any of the typical PNW views.

Tip: grab a map at the entrance. It is easy to get lost, as there are many trails that intersect.

1 month ago

really nice trail. I went today with my two kids and they loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely not wheelchair or bike friendly. That being said it is a beautiful trail. Waterfall is dried up but theres an okay fenced off meadow at the end of the trail.

2 months ago

HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU WALK THIS TRAIL such a beautiful area! And didn’t even know the Ford Slope existed til today! Interesting trail!

2 months ago

Lots of cottonwood blowing around this time of year.

2 months ago

Fun hiking, tons of trails to choose from to match your skill level. Trails are very well marked and maintained.

2 months ago

Easy fun trail to do without thinking! Just some exercise

3 months ago

Easy hike/walk. Not crowded, but got there early. Beautiful waterfall-ish. Not crowded.

hiking
4 months ago

A very nice area for hiking. Very easy system and nicely marked.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike through the woods. When I got there (Monday) the parking lot was packed, but there are so many routes and trails in this park that the trail I was on was uncrowded! Really enjoyable waterfall and creek. No views, but I really enjoyed my walk. Nice and peaceful. Will return to do Long View Peak in a few weeks.

4 months ago

Nice quick hike with a waterfall in the middle.

hiking
5 months ago

Great Hike with kids. Beautiful creeks on the way

5 months ago

It’s a great trail but if you’re paying really close attention to the signs, you’ll wander off onto one of the dozens of other trails running through Cougar Mountain and you’ll be there for much longer than you planned. Very kid friendly, saw plenty of families while I was there with kids even as young as toddlers.

5 months ago

Steep sections lead to a fantastic waterfall and a trip next to a talkative creek.
wheel chair friendly doesn't apply to this trail at all

5 months ago

Lots of folks on this trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful snowy day cleaning up after dog owners.

hiking
6 months ago

Great for kiddos and pups. Parking a little tricky when busy.

6 months ago

Great loop for taking a kid on a hike or running. Waterfall was strong in January.

hiking
6 months ago

My 4 & 5 year old both walked the whole loop! The waterfall was gorgeous. Although parking is a beast, the trail was not packed. We’ll be back!

hiking
6 months ago

like reading all the history of Newcastle

hiking
7 months ago

Great forest trail. Some up and down, but not overly strenuous. We took our 6-month old in a backpack carrier and it wasn't too hard. Waterfall was a nice surprise.

10 months ago

Nice walk; lots of twists and turn, good change in uphill/downhill,

10 months ago

Nice walk

11 months ago

Was great but many folks had their dogs off leash which was frustrating when you have a nervous dog.

11 months ago

Nothing to see. Falls dried up.

hiking
11 months ago

The view is normal.

hiking
11 months ago

There are many interconnected trails that allow you to expand your hike and explore the other parts of Cougar Mountain.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Seems a highly trafficd trail. It was beautiful and not challenging for our first hike of the year. the only down fall is that despite the trail markers, it was hard to tell if we actually on the right trail.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Its one of my favorite trails when I want a round of quick exercise without the sound of the city right in Bellevue! You can adjust the length of the hike by choosing one of several paths (they usually have a trail map available at the start of the hike). Lots of tree cover so typically a few degrees cooler here.

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