Cougar Mountain: Sky Country Trailhead


Day Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

An 8.5-mile meandering non-summit loop hike through some great sections of trail on Cougar Mountain; including Klondike Swamp, Lost Beagle, Shy Bear and Deceiver trail. We will pace about 2mph with two short stops along the way: first at the Clay Pit overlook three miles into the hike, and then at the Long View overlook at about the five-mile mark. The 1,100 feet of elevation gain/loss is nicely interspersed throughout the hike, with no long climbing sections.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

Meet at 8:55 am near the porta-potties in the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot. No special passes required for parking.

To be sure you'll have fun on this hike you should have completed at least one recent hike of 8 miles or more at a 2mph pace. Much of the hike is under the tree canopy, but plan for rain and mud! Pre-check the Cougar Mountain weather forecast. Wear a mask at the beginning and when passing other hikers.


Cougar Mountain: Sky Country Trailhead

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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