Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail

MODERATE 139 reviews

Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

This hike is similar to other Cougar Mountain hikes, semi-steep start with gentle trails once you reach the top of the park. Winter is a great time to do this hike, since the views are better and spots of snow and ice make for an interesting hike. There is still plenty of "green" on this hike, thanks to moss, ferns and evergreen trees. It also seems like more wildlife is out and about -- maybe they are just more visible since there was less tree cover to hide within. This is the highest point within the Cougar Mountain Park. To get here you can take either the Wilderness Creek Trail or the Wilderness Cliffs Trail. The hike up to this point can be a challenge where you will encounter a steep climb and at times, rocky terrain. The final stretch to the peak is a gentle short climb where you can rest and relax. On your way up towards the peak you will be surrounded by giant ferns. The trail is shady, provided by the large Douglas fir trees over head. After your short hike down this trail you will come to a small clearing and a large wooden bench. The peak on this mountain does not afford you a view as the top is covered in a dense forest. Take a seat on the giant wooden chair and relax, reflect on your accomplishment of making it to the peak. Before heading back down the mountain take a minute to sign the log book located across from the wooden chair, showing that you made it to the top.

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3 days ago

really fun quick hike. trail features many ups and downs which makes for easier hike. went on a weekday morning and didn't see anyone. beautiful creeks and bridges.

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7 days ago

My legs are jello!

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18 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. Very glad we wore our muddy hikers! While there are no scenic views on this hike it's still very pretty, lush, and a decent challenge. We went up to the left based on other reviews and would do that route again.

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1 month ago

A lovely forest loop trail for Eastsiders looking for a quieter weekend alternative to Tiger 3 or Rattlesnake. We went on a Saturday and only saw a few other couples on the trail -- and there was even parking!

A couple of notes:

If you're doing the loop I'd recommend going up on the left hand side, which is a more gradual climb and more picturesque. The right hand side of the loop is pretty steep.

The "wilderness peak" at the top of the loop isn't just a clever name -- there's literally nothing at the peak except, well, wilderness. (And a bench.) Worth ducking off the trail for completists, but there's nothing to see. For real, it's a tiny patch of forest indistinguishable from all the other forest you've already seen. (Except for that bench.)

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1 month ago

4/3/2017 (Monday) - This year, spring is chilly and wet. It is a rare sunny day, but windchill remains in the morning, so I have to wear gloves. Traffic is light on the trail, but I encounter three groups at the peak in less than 5 minutes. Mud has not dried up, but passable. This is a good trail for workout, and provides no view at all.

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2 months ago

it was a fairly well kept trail and the greenery was beautiful. But unless you plan on continuing on to another trail, the end point was a bit of a let down. It ends simply at the covered conjunction of other trails. No views to speak of. But still a nice day hike.

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5 months ago

12/16/2016 (Friday) -- This is the coldest day since winter began, but it is mostly sunny. Mud is frozen so the trail gives good traction for treading. I decided to go back to a "real" trail for the first time after my knee was sprained nearly 4 months ago. I felt good, just some minor strained feeling on the leg. It's not busy in a cold day for a popular trail.

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