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.

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

Meet at 9:30 AM at the Redtown Trailhead parking lot, at the hairpin curve in Bellevue's Lakemont Blvd SE, where it becomes Newcastle Golf Club Road, reached by taking either Exit 10 eastbound from I-405 or Exit 13 southbound from I-90.

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 parking lot, but no restroom facilities elsewhere on the hike.   There will be opportunities for bathroom breaks  at multiple points during the hike.  We are usually back to the cars around 2:30 PM, depending on the hiking speed of the group.


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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