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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.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 1,082 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Note: As of May 2019, Old Man's Trail is closed off due to hazardous conditions. Please check the park page for updates. (However you can detour around - hang a left at the first intersection after the trailhead, turn right on Clay Pit Rd, and then right when you get to Cave Hole trail.)

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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Jane Lee
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Ashlee Johnson
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Imry Kissos
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Most of the trail is walking in a flat trail in the forest which is nice but not particularly different than any other forests around this era, no scenic view. In the last part of the trail, the forest becomes dense and the trail is narrow, there are many wood logs that make it difficult to pass. At the way back, we lost our way for a few hours. There are too many loops trails near this trail that makes it difficult to navigate there. I would not recommend this trail.

franchesca rivera
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[ B&D&C ]
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HikingBugs

Took the wife and kid and really loved it, tucked away at the top of a pretty large neighborhood is a challenge that awaits...going down hill for quite some time then having to tough it up and climb it all back up overall it was a great scenic and adventurous experience i would highly recommend to the motivated and determined beautiful bridges with streams accompanied by lots of snails and slugs!!

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Alec Lynch
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Megan Jablonski
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Ally Maged
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Hiking

I recommend extending it for the extra peaks and waterfalls

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Tisha Jones
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Hiking

Great trail conditions - was not crowded in the least. Ended up going off the regular path but made our way back. Great hike.

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Mallori Murray
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Hiking

Great trail. Pretty busy. Good to see everyone outside! Nice small waterfall about halfway through.

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Tom Sayles
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Elton Chen
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Soheil Sa
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Good moderate hike in a quiet and well maintained trail. Elevation gain is not much but it can easily fill up about 2-2.5 hours of time depending on the pace.

Lindarr D.
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beautiful, cool, quiet, and abundance of water flowing along Coal Creek

Patricia Arean
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HikingMuddy

Very well maintained trail although muddy in places. Watch for poison oak in winter it’s hard to see. Not a lot of views but very pretty. I would rate this as borderline easy, hardly any altitude gain, some steep areas but do-able

A Rennert
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Josh Rivas
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Anna Trujillo
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HikingMuddy

If you love a moderate hike with some adventure you'll love this trail. I had a great time walking through many smaller connecting trailheads and one of those lead me to a beautiful waterfall!!! landscape is up and down hill great for running/walking throughout but muddy so come prepared.

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Vikas Tomar
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John Gramblin
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HikingIcyMuddy

One of the bad things about this particular hike, Is that there are four waterfalls in the area. This hike hits none of them. :(

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Abhinav Sharma
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Hiking

Trail in great shape. Some muddy patches only.

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