Frontcountry Trail Run - Cougar Mountain Loop


Frontcountry Trail Run - Cougar Mountain Loop

Welcome to the third addition of the Mountaineers' Trail Running weekly runs! Ring your October in right by going for a wander on the lovely Cougar Mountain. Come join us for trees, tales, and trails; enjoying the beauty of the pacific northwest after work!

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Meeting Location: Bear Ridge Trailhead (check the location on the map). This delicate little parking lot is located right off of 900 past the Talus apartment complex (right) and the nursery (left) coming from I-90. Please note that there are only three parking spots in the lot, so depending on the number of participants, we'll meet up at Issaquah transit center (it's right down the road) and carpool.

Departure Objective: shoes and battlefaces on, talk accomplished, and feet to trail by 6:45.


  1. - Build community and enjoy getting outside
  2. - On the trail for 45 minutes (different than previous runs, we won't have a distance goal, but a time. We'll cater our trail choices based on the speed folks are running at in an effort to get us back by 7:30-7:45.)
  3. - Be safe'ish


I'm expecting uphill paces to range between 11-13 minutes, with downhill at a minute or two less. This pace will be dependent on those in the group.


On this side of Cougar you'll find a quiet, mostly untraveled single-track trail which is still surprisingly maintained. It's a slow, but steady gain (we'll be walking the steep stuff and stopping at a few sites along the way) until Tibbetts Creek Trail/Shangri La intersection. If timing is looking good we'll continue the loop, rounding out the run with the steady descent back to the car.



Cougar Mountain Loop

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Layered clothing
  • Illumination method
  • Any other desired running equipment
  • Safety gear as determined by leader
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