August Hikes: 4 miles to 7 miles, 600 to 2,000 feet gain

Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series

August Hikes: 4 miles to 7 miles, 600 to 2,000 feet gain - Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

This hike will go by the Ford Slope, De Leo Viewpoint, Far Country Falls, and the Ballpark. This hike can apply toward your GoHike Series graduation!

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  • *Varies*
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 714 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5mph

Meet at 10:30 AM at the Red Town Trailhead.

We will hike a counter-clockwise route that takes us by the Ford Slope (the main entrance to the former underground coal mines on Cougar Mountain), the De Leo Viewpoint (our lunch stop), Far Country Falls (one of three in the park) and the Ballpark, where the coal miners recreated.   We will adjust the pace to keep the group together.


Cougar Mountain: Red Town Trailhead

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

There are usually some muddy spots on the trail, so waterproof boots with lug soles should be worn.  A short section of the trail, just before our lunch spot, is narrow and irregular, but mostly level.  The rest of the trail is wide and well-maintained.  We will adjust the pace in the narrow irregular section so that the group stays together.    

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