GoHike Hiking Trip - 3-7 miles, <1,500 feet - Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series

GoHike Hiking Trip - 3-7 miles, <1,500 feet - Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

Enjoy this lovely longer loop of 8.3 miles with 1125 feet of elevation gain in Cougar Mountain Regional Park! This hike can apply toward your GoHike Series graduation!

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,125 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph
Meet at 9:30 AM at the Red Town trailhead parking lot,  google map location https://goo.gl/maps/MLPZWgAPxQL1zucy7.

This section will describe the route, planned pace, and required preparation and gear for the hike.  We will hike a counter clockwise loop taking us by three viewpoints, three waterfalls and a historical coal mine entry shaft with accompanying exhibits.  We will hike at the pace of the slowest person, likely about 2 mph.  The route is entirely under a forest canopy. 


Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Each hiker should carry the ten essentials, including a trail lunch, trail snacks, two liters of water or energy drink, non-cotton clothes that can be layered to adjust for changing body temperatures, including a sun hat, stocking hat, warm gloves and rain gear, including a hooded rain parka, pack cover and rain pants.  Anything you may need on the hike should be in your pack.  Footwear should be waterproof and have good traction.

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