Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead


Frontcountry Trail Run - Wilderness Peak Loop

Power hike up and jog down in this fun loop at Cougar Mountain. Good conditioner for climbers and open to all speeds of runners.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,250 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph-4.5 mph

We will meet at the Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead at 6:45pm. No parking pass required.  Please be ready to start promptly at 7:00pm. 


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 just in case we have to return after dark and\or it can be hard to see in the twilight in the trees!  This run will happen rain or shine.   It should take roughly 60-85 minutes, depending on your fitness level.

Planned route is as follows: 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 1250 feet of elevation gain.

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

Want the map on your phone? Text KING COUGAR to 468311. (Message & data rates may apply.)


Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead

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