Margaret's Way


Day Hike - Margaret's Way to Debbie's View

This is a 2.0 mph paced hike. Well maintained trail. The elevation is a consistent climb of 1,500 feet elevation gain. We will hike to Debbie's View for a total of 7.2 miles round trip. Group will depart from the trailhead at 8:00 am in the Cougar Mountain Recreation parking lot just off of highway 900. No parking pass required. Please bring a face covering for wearing while passing others on the trail. Due to Covid restrictions, carpooling is not recommended with people outside of your household.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,730 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

We will depart from the trailhead at 8:00 am at the Cougar Mountain Recreation parking lot. There are porta potties. Please bring a mask to wear. We will follow Mountaineers protocol by wearing  face masks while within six feet of others.  No parking pass required.

From I-90, take exit 15 signed Lake Sammamish/Renton Highway 900. At the stoplight at the end of the exit turn right onto Highway 900/Renton-Issaquah Road and go south toward Renton. From the stoplight drive 3.2 miles and turn left at the easy-to-miss driveway with a large blue Cougar Mountain Recreation sign. The large parking lot is straight ahead.

Please be prepared for inclement weather- layers are a must, stick to wool, synthetics, and no cotton in order to stay warm.  The trail is often muddy this time of year, wear proper footwear. 

Margaret's Way is a lovely forested trail built in 2014, we'll see a variety of trees including Douglas fir, hemlock, as well as lush ferns.  If we're lucky on weather, we should be able to get views of  Mount Rainier from Debbie's View.


Margaret's Way

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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