Wilderness Creek Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Wilderness Creek Trail is a 2.6 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.

2.6 miles
977 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


This is one of the most scenic trails on the south side of Cougar Mountain. It is also one of the steeper sections of the park, which from the parking area quickly gains 1000 ft. in elevation. There are a few breaks in the elevation gain towards the middle of the trail where you will pass through Shy Bear Marsh. Along the way there are a few creek crossings and some wooden bridges to aid in your crossings. At times there will be a few breaks in the forest where you can glimpse out over the top of the lower elevation trees and see the surrounding mountains. Once you reach the end of the trail you will join up with the Wilderness Peak Trail, which takes you up a 1/2 mile trail to the peak. On your way back down you can either return the way you came up or take the Wilderness Cliffs Trail. This forms a nice loop that will connect back with the Wilderness Creek Trail midway down the mountain.

3 months ago

Hiked this recently on a trip to Seattle. This trail was amazing! And I loved seeing all the dogs on the trails.

10 months ago

Great workout in beautiful scenery, trees, ferns, and quiet once away from highway. Dogs enjoyed it. End of trail somewhat anti-climactic as no view! Made loop out of it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The trail head was easy to find, right off a main road. there was lots of parking. it even had a honey bucket which I really needed at the end. it was very pretty with many streams of water flowing down. I took my three year old and he loved all the bridges and small waterfalls ( that's what he called them). it was a good work out especially with my son in a pack on my back.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Great trail but yes, very steep right away and for most of the trail. We went to the peak, and by the time we were finished the gps said 4.5 miles round trip. I will say the peak was a little anti climactic as there wasn't really a landing place to hang out and enjoy a view, but none the less a great hike, good workout and would recommend.

Friday, February 03, 2017

This is a wonderful area. It's close to the city, and you can get a decent amount of elevation gain in a short distance. Good for getting some exercise, and some peace and quiet. It's not heavily used. The trails are very well marked, and you have a lot of options for different routes.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I got VERY lost in this area. The trails were very confusing.

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