Wilderness Peak

A moderate, 4-mile round-trip hike with 1,200 feet of elevation gain in the Snoqualmie foothills Cougar Mountain area. Hike in second growth forest with ferns, creeks and moss covered glacial erratic boulders.

getting there

From I-90,  take Exit 15 and head south on Highway 900. In ~3 miles, look for a sign that reads "Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park/Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead." Turn uphill just before the sign and proceed to the Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead (395 ft). This trailhead is often "Wilderness Creek Trailhead" on maps and in guidebooks.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • 1,600 ft
  • Green Trails Cougar Mtn No. 203S
  • see Land Manager

Upcoming Activities

CHS Tacoma May Hikes - Wilderness Peak

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 2, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Apr 21
Tacoma Branch

Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Wilderness Peak Loop

Trail Running Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry
Learn and practice trail running skills at a local frontcountry trail: Wilderness Peak Loop
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, May 27, 2020
No Prerequisites
10 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
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  • Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail
  • Wilderness Peak Loop

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