Day Hike - East Cougar Loop

A mellow and flexible loop hike on Cougar Mtn, visiting highlights such as the Mine Shaft and old Clay Pit

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft
  • Pace: Slow side of moderate

Tibbetts Valley P&R, off Newport Way across from the main Issaquah parking garage

8:30 am

I'm looking forward to seeing any signs of spring on the lovely lowland trails of Cougar Mtn. Is the Indian plum or flowering currant starting to bud out or bloom? This is not a classic stop and go Naturalist hike but I do like to admire ferns, mosses and lichens as well. There will be multiple trails to choose from, with lunch likely to be at one of the viewpoints off the Shangri La trail. 

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East Cougar 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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