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It was a nice walk in the middle of woods. Good way to get some exercise.

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9 days ago

I'd give this a 3.5 rating if I could... Ran it easily at a 11-min pace. I started at Red Town Trail parking lot, and ran about 6.5 miles East to Renton Issaquah Rd SE (Rte 900) on this loop. I couldn't figure out how to get to the Squak trails without cutting through private property, so turned around and made it a 13-mile out-and-back. There are a ton of turns on this route that I definitely would have gotten lost on were I not able to download the route in advance. Might try it again with a running buddy who can navigate better than I.

It is an easy trail for walk. You can take your kids or dog but don't go alone. Better to be in company :)

1 month ago

Not too much to see along the trail. The trail is not well marked, so I got lost once.

Beautiful, easy trail. Not many views, though. There is a cool meadow restoration halfway through that is worth reading about. Lots of history along this trail. Perfect for if you need to get some exercise and live nearby, but it doesn’t offer any of the typical PNW views.

Tip: grab a map at the entrance. It is easy to get lost, as there are many trails that intersect.

这纯粹是可以供跑步的路,可惜没有足够力气去跑,走路的话,不够时间走三个Park 了

really nice trail. I went today with my two kids and they loved it!

Absolutely not wheelchair or bike friendly. That being said it is a beautiful trail. Waterfall is dried up but theres an okay fenced off meadow at the end of the trail.

3 months ago

Last weekend my golden retriever pup and I enjoyed this trail.

3 months ago

nice trail but can be lost in there without a GPS.

6/11/2018 (Monday) - My loop is much larger than the "official" one. I start from Red Town, out via Wildside, Quarry, Fred's, to Wilderness Peak. The signing book is no longer available from last time (2 months ago). Then, go be the level Fred's, Klondike Swamp, Lost Beagle up to the 2nd peak, the radio tower on the former AA Peak, where I have lunch, then I move down via Lost Beagle, Coyote Creek, Cave Hole back to Red Town. The loop is 8 miles, takes me 4 hours. All trails are in good condition.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU WALK THIS TRAIL such a beautiful area! And didn’t even know the Ford Slope existed til today! Interesting trail!

Lots of cottonwood blowing around this time of year.

Fun hiking, tons of trails to choose from to match your skill level. Trails are very well marked and maintained.

Easy fun trail to do without thinking! Just some exercise

The hike itself is ok, but as others have mentioned, the “view” is underwhelming and does not make for much of a destination. Opt for the Big Tree Ridge Trail instead if you want a truly stunning view from Cougar Mountain. Also, the only moderate section of this trail is the somewhat steep decline to the so called lookout. This can easily be bypassed by continuing down the main trail and then traversing .1 mile to the lookout. Traverse back and finish the loop.

Easy hike/walk. Not crowded, but got there early. Beautiful waterfall-ish. Not crowded.

A very nice area for hiking. Very easy system and nicely marked.

Nice hike through the woods. When I got there (Monday) the parking lot was packed, but there are so many routes and trails in this park that the trail I was on was uncrowded! Really enjoyable waterfall and creek. No views, but I really enjoyed my walk. Nice and peaceful. Will return to do Long View Peak in a few weeks.

Nice quick hike with a waterfall in the middle.

Lovely winter - early spring hike. Lots of open sky on a sunny March day before the maples and alders leaf out. Busy in the first/last mile near trailhead.

Great Hike with kids. Beautiful creeks on the way

6 months ago

It’s a great trail but if you’re paying really close attention to the signs, you’ll wander off onto one of the dozens of other trails running through Cougar Mountain and you’ll be there for much longer than you planned. Very kid friendly, saw plenty of families while I was there with kids even as young as toddlers.

Steep sections lead to a fantastic waterfall and a trip next to a talkative creek.
wheel chair friendly doesn't apply to this trail at all

Lots of folks on this trail.

Beautiful snowy day cleaning up after dog owners.

Great for kiddos and pups. Parking a little tricky when busy.

Great loop for taking a kid on a hike or running. Waterfall was strong in January.

My 4 & 5 year old both walked the whole loop! The waterfall was gorgeous. Although parking is a beast, the trail was not packed. We’ll be back!

like reading all the history of Newcastle

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