Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead


Day Hike - Coal Creek

Join the Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking Committee on a great lowlands winter hike. This hike will take you from Cougar Mountain to Lake Washington via a great inter-city trail. Fun hike in which most of the time you do not even know you are in a city!

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

For those living in the South Sound, I can meet you at the South Federal Way Park and ride at 8am.    All others meet at the  Red Town Trailhead to Cougar Mountain at 9am.  There is a Port-a-Potty at the trailhead to use if needed.

PARKING PASS:  none required.

This is a fun urban hike in the middle of Bellevue that takes you from Cougar Mountain area to Lake Washington.  We will enjoy a lunch break on Lake Washington and then hike back.  For most of this hike you do not even know you are in the middle of a city but there is a short part of the hike on intercity roads for the purpose of going under I-405 to get from Coal Creek Park to Newcastle Beach Park located on Lake Washington.

I usually hike in almost all weather conditions but, for safety purposes, the hike may be cancelled if there is a prediction of heavy snow conditions on this day.


Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials +11

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Additional items highlighted in email to participants 1-2 days prior to hike.
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