CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph). Looping through Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland park via Anti-aircraft peak and Coal Creek Falls. See a little history of the Newcastle coal mining era.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,483 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2.0 mph

Meet at the Sky Country trailhead at the end of Clay Pit road at 9:45 am to start hiking by 10am. Parking can be limited on the weekends, so for west of Lake Washington drivers, we can meet at the N 65th Street I-5 Park and Ride (Far north end), leaving at 9:10am. Riders, please remember to bring funds to reimburse drivers for their expenses at the usual Mountaineers rate.

Hikers - Even though this is just a couple hour hike to set expectations for pace on the rest of your hikes throughout the course, it's also a good opportunity to get your gear organized and maybe even pick up some tips from your peers on how to satisfy your ten essentials. Please be prepared as you would be for more remote endeavors. We'll stop for at least one extended snack break.

After our hike, we have the opportunity for lunch in Newcastle.


Cougar Mountain Loop

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)

There could be a quiz!

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