August Hikes: 4 miles to 7 miles, 600 to 2,000 feet gain - Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead

Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Course

August Hikes: 4 miles to 7 miles, 600 to 2,000 feet gain - Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead

Let's huff and puff on this beautiful, invigorating and rewarding trail up to Wilderness Peak. It's not a race; we're just here to enjoy the challenge together. Our lunch spot is reached via the easier Deceiver trail on the Shy Bear loop. Our hike features a trek through a second-growth forest filled with ferns, creeks, and moss-covered glacial erratic boulders, along with charming boardwalks. This hike counts toward your required GoHike course for August.

  • *Varies*
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • Pace: 1.75 - 2 mph

Meet at the Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead. Arrive by 7:45 am to ensure you have everything you need to prepare, including using the privies and getting your boots on, for the adventure ahead. We'll start introductions at 8 and hit the trails soon after.

Our early start time and the forest canopy will help keep us cooler but bring 2 liters of water.
Climbing to Wilderness Peak, we'll pause as needed. We'll adjust our pace for terrain. Wilderness Peak is a gratifying achievement.
After Wilderness Peak our well-earned lunch spot awaits on the much easier Deceiver Trail, a segment of the Shy Bear Loop. Doughty Falls might be dry, but the the scene by the large erratic boulder offers ample beautiful places to rest, snack, and indulge in some nature bathing.
Remember, we stick together and support each other on this hike. Let's make the most of it by embracing the adventure and getting to know each other better. Arrive on time, prepared, and ready to enjoy the journey!
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Cougar Mountain: Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trailhead


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Your leader will send out a Hello Hiker email prior to the hike with details on the hike, as well as recommended and required equipment.

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