Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead


Frontcountry Trail Run - Wilderness Peak Loop

April showers bring May flowers, and April conditioning leads to awesome summer fitness! Power hike up and jog down in this fun loop at Cougar Mountain.

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: 2.5mph to 5mph

We will meet at the Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead at 6:00pm. No parking pass required. 

Directions from I-90

Take Exit 15 and drive south on SR-900 (17th Avenue NW and then Renton-Issaquah Road SE) for 3.3 miles. Look for the trailhead sign and an asphalt driveway that goes uphill to the right.


Please bring a headlamp as we may be returning in darkness and\or it can be hard to see in the twilight in the trees!

This run will happen rain or shine.  

Please note: the leader is willing to do this loop twice if participants are interested.  Otherwise we will stick to doing one circuit of this loop.


Wilderness Creek Trail to  the Wilderness Cliffs Trail, then rejoin the Wilderness Peak Trail, connecting to the Wilderness Creek trail back toward the trailhead parking lot. This is about 4 miles with 1200 feet of elevation gain.

A map you can download and print out of Cougar Mountain's trail system is available here: 



Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Headlamp suitable for running
  • Water and snacks sufficient to fuel you for this trail run
  • Optional: dry clothes/socks/shoes for when you are done running
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