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Best trails in Cougar

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Looking for a great trail near Cougar, Washington? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Beacon Rock State Park or Battle Ground Lake State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Moulton Falls Park or Yacolt Burn State Forest. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Cougar ranging from 0.6 to 25.9 miles and from 1,358 to 5,216 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Cougar
Top trails (31)
#1 - Mount Saint Helens Summit via Ptarmigan Trail
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 6 h 24 m
There is a $5 fee to park at the trailhead. Other passes include: America the beautiful ($80/yr), Northwest Forrest ($30/yr) A summit/climbing pass is required above the timberline, so get one and gShow more
#2 - Lewis River Falls Trail
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
As of June 01, 2020, users have reported that the recreation center and lower falls parking area is closed, but you might be able to find parking at the upper falls (just an extra 5-10 min down the roShow more
#3 - Ape Canyon Trail
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 16 m
This is an incredible trail. Safe to say there is nothing quite like this anywhere in the states. You climb through a forest that somehow survived the blast of St. Helens with views getting better andShow more
#4 - Lava Canyon Trail
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
NOTE: As of August 2020, the route on this page is still possible. The bridges crossing the river are closed, so you cannot complete the small loop. Please check here for updates: https://www.fs.usda.Show more
#5 - Mount Saint Helens via Worm Flows Trail
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 7 h 41 m
The Worm Flows Climbing Route, from Marble Mountain Snow-Park, is the most direct route to the summit of Mount St. Helens during the winter season. Ice axe, crampons, and avalanche awareness are recoShow more
#6 - Loowit Falls Trail
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
The first part is a walk along a forest road (closed to the public) to the actual trail. It is worth taking a stop at the recording station just a little way in to read the plaque and appreciate the vShow more
#7 - June Lake Trail
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
June Lake Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity optionsShow more
#8 - Loowit Loop Trail
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Length: 26.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Loowit Loop Trail is a 26.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cougar, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number Show more
#9 - Butte Camp Trail
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
Butte Camp Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cougar, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#10 - Windy Ridge and Plains of Abraham Loop
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE: Forest Road 99 to Windy Ridge remains closed, with an opening date of June 29. Please call park to confirm which roads are currently open or closed as they change often.Show more
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