Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail

MODERATE 237 reviews

Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail is a 3.2 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
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1210 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

rocky

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.

hiking
12 minutes ago

Good exercise hike. Enough steepness to give you a workout and some semi-old growth trees to salute along the way. Of course you will take water.

1 day ago

I would have given it a 5, but the view at the top was not very clear. the trail itself is beautiful and not too difficult. beautiful ferns and rivers throughout the hike. saw some cool mushrooms. overall good hike. would love to do it again.

hiking
4 days ago

4/20/2018 (Monday) - A pleasant hike in a warm spring afternoon, mostly cloudy. The trail is in good condition, solid, no bug, no mud, no uncleared falls, light traffic, quiet. The creek still runs with profuse water. Fresh leaves remain tiny buds, so the canopy is widely open in many parts. I determine to hike this trail at least once a year like Poo Poo Point, as this is an ideal warm-up before more challenging hikes on the Cascades.

hiking
5 days ago

absolutely beautiful hike. im out of shape, thus the beginning was tough...but so worth it

10 days ago

Amazing views and challenging at times.

21 days ago

It was a challenge, just what I was looking for.

23 days ago

This was wonderful. I liked the evergreen trees!

27 days ago

Really enjoy training on this trail!

1 month ago

Not bad, just okay.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail in the wilderness, very pleasant and challenging. No view at the top, only of the trees with a bench while you see nature come to life before your eyes. Enjoy

hiking
1 month ago

Trail in great shape - a little old snow at top, but nothing that required special footwear. Some off-leash dogs on trail.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Trail is very clean an well maintained even in mid January. Beautiful growth and man made bridges along the way.

4 months ago

Very cool

6 months ago

Great rainy day hike. No views on top. Watch out for slick rocky paths.

hiking
6 months ago

It’s a good workout, not many views but lots of beautiful natural to look at ☺️. No “gratifying top” if that makes sense

hiking
7 months ago

This was my first hike with my boyfriend last month and my dog who loves going on hikes a lot!! We had a wonderful time hiking, but unfortunately someone broke his window and stole his gym back that fortunately only had workout clothes. Luckily there was nothing else gone but definitely NO security cameras like the signs say. If this hiking trail was safe for cars to park I would definitely do it again!!

hiking
7 months ago

I normally love this hike but here is currently a wasp/yellow jacket on the trail (Gumbo Cliff side). Hiking with a party of 4, the vibration of our feet were enough to aggravate them. Multiple people got stung and the bee followed us for about a mile. I would recommend staying on Whittaker (left side) and just do up and back for the time being.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a good choice for a serious workout. Most the way to the peak is up and returning via Gombu Cliffs brings the total to about 5 miles. Many giant erratics made the hike interesting. Surprisingly enough for a weekday afternoon on a fairly steep trail, I ran into several trail runners getting their exercise. Care is needed on descent since steep slopes plus sand on rocks makes for a few slippery places - take your poles.. Returning via Gombu Cliffs, continue West at its end to return to the Whittaker Peak loop. Don't forget to sign the log at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

If you are expecting a view on the trail head, you probably will be disappointed. However if you only want to do some exercise this would be a good one.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike today! Fun uphill! Beautiful green forest all around! Note - there's not a view/outlook from the top! Just a sign and bench!

nature trips
8 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

10 months ago

I HATE IT!!!

hiking
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

My legs are jello!

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

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.)

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

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, though with no view at all.

hiking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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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