Cougar Mountain Loop


Day Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

Explore three viewpoints, three waterfalls and a historic mine shaft on a loop hike through the most scenic part of picturesque Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, for a delightful wilderness experience close to home.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,125 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,400 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at 9:30 AM at the Redtown Trailhead parking lot, at the sharp curve in Bellevue's Lakemont Blvd SE, where it becomes Newcastle's Newcastle Golf Club Road. 

Our hiking adventure will take us by the historic Ford Slope mine entrance, the De Leo Wall viewpoint, Far Country Falls, Far Country Viewpoint (our lunch spot), Doughty Falls, Long View Peak Viewpoint and Coal Creek Falls via a counter clockwise loop route through the southern part of the park.  No parking pass is required.  There are two portapotties at the trailhead, but not elsewhere on the hiking route, but there will be multiple opportunities for bathroom breaks during the hike.   It is most likely that the hike will end around 2:30 PM.


Cougar Mountain Loop

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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