Day Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

Great winter hike in the south portion of Cougar Mountain. It will be about 12 or so miles in all and there will be some elevation. Really good winter hike that passes by waterfalls, peaks, and view points plus the forest all around you is just beautiful!

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

2 meeting sites:

#1.  For those coming from the South Sound, you can meet me at 7:30am in the South Federal Way Park and Ride; 901 S 348th St., Federal Way, WA, 98003.   Google Maps will take you right here.  I will be in this lot a little bit after 7:15am in a dark gray Subaru Forester, parking in the northwest area of the lot.  The lot will be pretty empty so you should see me.  

#2.  Second meeting option is at 8:30am at the Red Town Trailhead, Bellevue, WA 98006 to Cougar Mountain.  Again, Google Maps takes you right there sometimes but if you put in the following longitude/latitude - 47.535489, -122.128813  - you will get there for sure.  Also some directions:  Drive to the Coal Creek Family YMCA at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd, Newcastle, WA 98059, then go north, past the Newcastle Golf Club Road (road name changes to Lakemont Blvd SE) for about 1.5 miles and you will see the trailhead parking area to your right.  I expect to be there between 8:15 to 8:30am standing near to a dark gray Subaru Forester.

We will be hiking even if there is a little snow on the ground so micropikes may be needed. My hike letter will tell you to bring them if  needed.  Also I may cancel or change the hike if the weather is predicted to be horrible.  I will try to notify you of any changes as soon as decided.

We will wander around the south portion of Cougar Mountain including the Wilderness Peak loop.  I expect the hike to be around  12 miles but it may end up being a little more or a little less.  It's just hard to predict the exact length on this mountain!  


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
  11.  Plus additional information in email sent out 2-3 days prior to the hike.
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