Day Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

This will be a conditioning hike on a 7.4 mile loop starting at the Red Town Trail head and covering a number of different trails to make a loop.

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  • Easy+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 760 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,400 ft
  • Pace: 2 m.p.h.

 Meet-Up Location: Red Town Trailhead Parking Lot

Address:  18201 SE Cougar Mountain Dr Bellevue WA 98027 

No parking pass required; car pooling encouraged

Arrival time: 8:00 a.m.

 Red Town Trailhead Directions
From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 3.1 miles. Look for the entrance to the Red Town Trailhead on the left side of the road.

From I-405: Take Exit 10 and follow Coal Creek Pkwy SE for 2.4 miles to the shopping center. Turn left at the light onto SE 72nd Pl and then left again at Newcastle Gold Club Road. Follow that for 1.9 miles.

The entrance to Red Town Trailhead is on the right side of the road just after the big bend.



 A 7.4 mile conditioning hike set at a moderate pace of about 2 mph.

This loop hike will start off at the Bagley Seam trail just off of the Red Town Trailhead parking lot. Some of the trails will include: Red Town, Indian, Shy Bear, Deceiver, and Cave Hole Trails.

  • There are two port-a-potties at the Red Town Trailhead parking lot 
  • We will hike for approximately  3.5+ hours depending on our hiking speed and number of stops.
  • We will stop for a snack along the route.



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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