Sky Country (Cougar Mountain) Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bellevue, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.2 miElevation gain1,082 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlife
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This route is hilly, well-maintained, and combines multiple trails within the park for a nice variety...each offers its own unique beauty.

No permits needed, parking is free

King County Parks Tel: 206.296.4232 www.metrokc.gov/parks

From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 13. Right (south) on Lakemont Boulevard S.E for 2.5 miles. Left on SE Cougar Mountain Way, Right on 166th Way S.E. to trailhead at end of gravel road

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Joel Ball
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Cathy D
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HikingMuddy

Not too crowded with a mix of hikers and trail runners. No scenic summit to view but it was a nice hike nonetheless. Mostly muddy with just a little snow in some areas.

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Jeffrey French
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Jessie Chen
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Bettina Clowry
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Robert Tindell
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I did the Cougar Mountain extended loop trail and this was part of it. This part of the trail was very easy, non scenic, but very doable.

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Sam Hing
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Kevin Brown
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Alycia Lee
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Jeff Levin
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Need a trash pick up day on the trail. Please carry out what you carry in.

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Gang Li
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Jenifer Lambert
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HikingGreat!

I was glad I had downloaded this map onto my Garmin watch. There’s a lot of forks in the road and it would be easy to take a wrong turn. An absolutely beautiful route. This combines multiple trails within the park and each offers its own unique beauty. I would have given it one more star with a vista but it’s still a great route with plenty of gorgeous scenery. Very well-maintained. Good amount of up and down so a nice workout.

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Rory Taylor
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Marissa Huish
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WalkingGreat!MuddyRocky

I love cougar mountain but the description is misleading. It’s not just one hike, it’s many different trails that you connect to make into a hike. It’s kinda like a choose your own adventure but with trails. Make sure to take a picture of the map at the tail head, you need it.

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Susan Jia
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Great for family!

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Andrea Stocco
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HikingGreat!

the trail is beautiful and well maintained, but there are many ambiguous forks, and the map often does not match the layout of the trails and sometimes is misleading. it is pretty easy to get back on track though

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Kristen Dorsey
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This is a beautiful hike. The fallen leaves made the trail a little more slippery in certain areas but overall, I didn’t have any issues. It’s a very well maintained trail and the inclines were excellent. I started the trail before sunrise and there was no one around. By the time I finished, the parking lot was packed and there were a lot of people around. This is a great trail and I would highly recommend it for a nice way to spend a few hours. No view to speak of but the bench at the top of Wilderness Peak is a sweet reminder of why I hike.

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Billy Johnson
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There were some gorgeous views through the dense forest and shrubs. There were some really cool over growth spots where trees popped up where you wouldn’t expect it. I hiked up to “Wilderness Peak” but really it’s just a bench at the top of a hill where you start the hike. The journey was better then the destination.

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Alexander Lesher
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Nicholas Bright
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Ryan Cline
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About 5 or 6 spots where trees have recently fallen. There is one spot where a large tree split and you have to climb through a lot of branches. Overall a nice walk/hike.

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Nate Nusbaum
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Whats extra great about this trail head are the many trails you can take advantage of from this location. I went today to Red Town, pretty much straight down, offering a nice incline on the way back. Plenty of parking, and not that many people at 2pm.

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Ryan Cline
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Jeff Nelson
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Sara Strom
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RunningGreat!

Beautiful. Large parking lot with a handicap port-a-potty and a standard one as well. Can begin at any of the trailheads. I took “Old Man’s Trail” to “Coal Creek Trail”...rolling hills and then I came upon the falls before I knew it! :) A narrow amount of water... but a very cool bridge & dense forest. Even in the rain... it was perfect. Watch for falling branches during this time! Enjoy!

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Chris White
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What an excellent park and trail system to have in our own backyard! Perfect for a trail run or walking the dog or simply getting a forest fix, without having to drive far from the city.

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Rajesh Kk
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Circe Ryly
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Nice!

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