CHS Alumni Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series Alumni

CHS Alumni Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

Phase 2 hike. A loop hike via Coal Creek Fall, the Clay Pit Mine, and Million Dollar View. See a little history of the Newcastle clay mining, coal mining, and lumber era as well the mountain’s use in our civil defense while hiking through second and third growth forest.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at the Cougar Mountain Red Town Trailhead at 7:30 AM. (Take I-90, Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Boulevard SE for 3.1 miles. Look for the entrance  on the left side of the road.) 

No carpooling  except for immediate household.   


This is a Phase 2 with hiking groups limited to 6.  Expect to maintain distancing of at least six feet from other group members. Bring a face covering and hand sanitizer.  

The trail starts  with about 400 ft gain in 2/3 of a mile, then levels off and descends  about 100 feet to Coal Creek Falls before regaining lost elevation at about mile 1.5, We'll stop every hour or so for rest breaks and near Million Dollar View/Anti-Aircraft Peak at about 5 miles in for a little more extended snack break.  When hiked in late May, the trail  was somewhat muddy. This hike does involve multiple trail intersections and changes so we will need to communicate these to each other using hand signals.  More details will be forthcoming in the Hello Hiker email that will be sent out a few days before the hike.


Cougar Mountain: Bear Ridge Trailhead

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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