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Day Hike - East Cougar Loop

East Cougar Loop

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft
8:30 am at Issaquah Transit Center
This hike is part of the Conditioning Hiking Series. Please do not sign up for this hike if you are not a participant in the course. (Participants: this is a CHS 1 level hike.)********************** We'll be exploring the NE corner of Cougar Mountain, up some less-used trails to the lovely Anti-Aircraft Peak (much less industrial than it sounds) to very pretty views of lake, rolling hills and possibly mountains. These trails are muddy this time of year--waterproof your boots! *************************************** We'll be making frequent navigation stops to decipher the mess of trails we'll encounter, so be sure to bring your map--we'll be using them. The 2011 updated Green Trails 203S map (Cougar and Squak Mts.) is highly recommended--it is the most up-to-date for the trails we will be using, and also is waterproof and crease-resistant. If you can't find it (they sell it at REI downtown for sure, also Metzger's Maps downtown, probably other outdoor/hiking stores) here is a link to a down-loadable map. ************* http://sites.google.com/site/miscellaneousdebrisproject/hiking-and-biking/seattle-hiking/seattle-area-hikes/cougar-mountain-trail ************Try to enlarge the northeast corner (upper right) of the map, with Military Ridge, Shangri-La trail, and so on. This is not as comprehensive or readable, but it's mostly free--be sure to put it in a plastic bag. Various versions of this map are available off different sites, so far this was the most up-to-date version I found. **************************************** We'll be meeting at the Issaquah Transit Center, near Bay 2. Park at the ITC lot; you can also park across the street at Tibbett's lot. ***************************** Driving directions to ITC (please note your hike leader does not drive, you might want to double check these): From I-5 or 405, take I-90 East, get off at exit 15, turn south (which will be a right turn) onto Renton-Issaquah Rd SE (otherwise known as 900). Turn left onto Newport Way (3rd light after the exit) the ITC is the large multi-level parking garage. The bus bays are easy to see, that is where we will meet. If you are east of I-90 exit 15, the directions are the same except the exit goes left over the freeway onto the Renton-Issaquah Rd SE. ********************* For public transit takers go to http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl?resptype=U ************************ or try google transit. There is the 554 from downtown Seattle, and the 271 from the U District, as well as various eastside buses.
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East Cougar Loop


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