Trip

Day Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

Loop through the northern part of scenic Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, passing the former Nike Missile launch site, Coal Creek Falls, a cave hole, former Clay Pit, a northern viewpoint and covered picnic table at Radar Park, where we have our lunch, before heading back to our starting point on the Shangri-La Trail, passing two coal mining pits enroute, while experiencing fall colors.

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  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft

Meet at 10 AM at the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot, reached by one of two routes:  1. Take Exit 10 onto Coal Creek Parkway east from I-405, turning left at Forest Drive, left again at Lakemont Blvd, right at SE Cougar Mountain Drive, right at 166th Way SE and right again into the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot.  2.   Take Exit 13 from I-90 heading south on Lakemont Blvd, left at SE Cougar Mountain Drive, right at 166th Way SE and right again into the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot. No parking pass is required.

 

This is a loop hike past the most fascinating features of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, where we explore remnants of the old coal mining and brick manufacturing days of this area, as well as remnants of the former missile defense of Seattle while experiencing fall colors of the vegetation.   There is a portapotty at the trailhead and near the lunch spot.

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Cougar Mountain Loop


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  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
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