Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail

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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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15 days ago

Lovely trails, we were out there for hours just getting lost!

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2 months ago

Short but some what challenging hike. signs get confusing but all connect some way or another. I would go again for a nice quick inner city hike. when it says peak you would think of a nice view. We found no amazing view points but it was fun going to the big bench & back.

2 months ago

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2 months 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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3 months ago

My legs are jello!

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3 months 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.