Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail

MODERATE 288 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
1,210 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
1 day ago

I was super excited to see all the views with water, but sadly the water was all dried out. It’s got really pretty tree views, cool little bridges, and it’s a decent work out. We ended up getting lost and took an extra 2 miles some where off the trail lol but it was alright just more excersize and pretty views for us! Also, when you get to the “top” there’s no real view to look forward to. Not a bad hike at all, I’ll retry in the fall when I can see the water but if your looking for a view at the top, you won’t find it here.

hiking
9 days ago

A great hour and a half to 2 hour loop! Enough work to keep it interesting, but never too much a challenge to not be fun.

hiking
15 days ago

took my kiddos on this trail last weekend and it was GORGEOUS... no open views or waterfalls but worth the hike... definitely don't recommend during wet weather as when u are coming down the trail it is very mussy and slippery... our group ages ranged from 2 1/2 to 9 for our kids and wasn't too tough of an incline going up the trail... definitely not "easy" trail and more moderate for unskilled hikers

trail running
24 days ago

Fantastic hike! Only 1 car in lot when we arrived at 8:00am on a Saturday!
Highly recommended for beginners ad well as advanced climbers who may want to run the trail.
No big view ending but a beautiful trail with lots of cool spots -
Entered by Jim Whittaker trailhead and ended thru Gombu trail
Total time took about 2 hours -totally took our time and took advantage of MANY photo opportunities. Total miles 3.80
I will return to add on to the trail by one of the many add on trails available.

walking
1 month ago

I was the only person Tues @ 6 AM. My GPS shows I walked about 3.5mi, in about 1.5hrs. The trail is a bit steep but not too challenging (for a moderately fit 25y/o, female) and well maintained.
There is no big view overlook but this trail makes for a lovely walk in the forest without having to drive too far from the city.

hiking
1 month ago

I like this one because it's only about 20 minutes from my apartment, and it's enough to get a really good workout in the woods. Well marked trail, lush forested area... a fine place to walk it off! As a bounus - it connects to other trails all over the mountain, so you can cover a LOT of ground depending on how much time you've got to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a great hike today. Currently bit muddy, and slippery. A kid and a pet were with us.
The trail is steep at places.
There is no view from top, if you are expecting it. But the wilderness is a wonderful experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Despite lacking a vista at the peak, this hike is absolutely gorgeous and is lush with streams and ferns. I took Trailhead Direct from Mount Baker to Margaret’s Way, and then just walked to the trailhead across the road, so it’s convenient to get to without a car. Lots of different options if you decide to extend your hike, and lots runners, children, and people with dogs.

2 months ago

It was a hot day last summer and it was pretty Woodsy.. nothing too crazy cool

3 months ago

Pretty tree-filled hike. Bridges across water points are in good shape. Hike finishes at a bench in the woods. Looping the trail leads to a single track trail back down.

3 months ago

Great day hike. Several side trails can make it longer if you want. Completely dry at this time of year (May).

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Amazing views and challenging at times.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

This was wonderful. I liked the evergreen trees!

4 months ago

Really enjoy training on this trail!

4 months ago

Not bad, just okay.

hiking
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

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

8 months ago

Very cool

9 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
11 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
11 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.

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