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Wilderness Cliffs Trail via Squak Mountain Connector Trail

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Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Wilderness Cliffs Trail via Squak Mountain Connector Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Renton, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 1,148 ft Route type Out & Back
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This trail can be accessed from two different routes. The quickest route is to hike up the Squak Mountain Connector Trail from the base of the mountain and continue up onto this trail. This is also the most direct route to reach the peak. The hike up to the peak on this section of the trail can be difficult when compared to other trails located within the park. To aid in your ascent of Wilderness peak, you will find many switchbacks. Luckily most of the trail is shaded by the thick canopy of trees, making the trail a little cooler. Overall this trail will provide a small you with a small challenge. It is a good warm up hike early in the season before taking on those longer and steeper hikes. If you are hiking on the Southside of Cougar Mountain many hikers opt to start out from the paved parking area located a few hundred feet west, to make their trek to the mountain peak via the Wilderness Creek Trail. You can access this trail from the main parking area; however, there is a small dirt pull out conveniently located at the trailhead that will provide direct access. Hiking up from this trail provides the shortest route up the mountain to reach the summit. It also allows you to choose the Wilderness Creek Trail on your return trip allowing you to make a loop without having to hike the same trail on your decent. The dirt pullout is also a great parking area if you are looking to hike both Cougar Mountain and Squak Mountain. The West Access Trail on Squak Mountain can be accessed by a small trail entrance across the road. It can be difficult to spot as the entrance does not appear to be maintained. Standing in the dirt pullout area you should see a large dirt clearing directly across the street, the trail entrance is located to the left of the business property.

Amenities: -a single portable restroom is located at the paved parking area. -no water sources are available. -supplies can be picked up in Issaquah off of I-90.

Connecting Trails: Wilderness Peak Trail Wilderness Creek Trail Squak Mountain Connector Trail Park Hours: 8:00AM - Dusk open year around

How to get here: From I-90, take exit 15 and head south on Highway 900 for 3.3 miles. The trailhead marker will be on your right, see guide photo, there will be an asphalt driveway leading uphill and to the right. The parking area will hold about 15 cars but rarely is full. There is an additional parking area 100 meters east, it is a small dirt pullout that can fit 2-3 cars and gives you direct access to the trail.

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Scott Winslow
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Norbu Tsering
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No sights really. Underwhelming at the top. Pretty easy trail to hike. Didn't feel very tired.

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Kristina Grundmanis
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Good training hike. Decently short with nice elevation gain. Trail was a bit muddy but nice with sun peaking through the trees

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Kathy Z
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Peaceful, and wilderness. Love it.

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Jennifer Sharp
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Nice hike, easily marked trails, close to main road but seems like you're deep in the woods. Great workout, with switch backs. Flowing stream and little brooks/bridges to walk over. Lots of connecting trails to get lost on. I will be back for more adventures.

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Rosio Ciudad-Real
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I loved this trail it was so nice! there was nothing i didn't like about it. I recommend this hike!

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David Fortin
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Gary Blum
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Anna Mirenzi
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Aaron Mcgee
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Michael Bircher
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James Rust
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Hana Imai
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Brian H
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Fuck Yo Couch
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Brian Bjornson
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Garson Moser
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Pedro Perez
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Garson Moser
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Vesko Georgiev
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Clifford Stocks
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Gary Blum
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Brian Bjornson
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Garson Moser
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Jordan Lee
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Wg Liu
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Dirk Bokeloh
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Stephen Thomas
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Jake Sandberg
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Travis Tubbs
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