CHS 1 Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Cougar Mountain Loop

CHS 1 pacing hike (1.5-2.0 mph).

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2.0 mph

Meet at the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot at the end of 166th Way SE (parking lot is off to the right) at 9:45 am to start hiking by 10 am. Parking can be limited on the weekends so Doug will meet those interested in carpooling from the Seattle at the N 65th Street I-5 (Green Lake) Park and Ride, leaving at 9:10 am and Rayna will meet those interested in carpooling from the Eastside at the Tibbetts Park and Ride opposite the Issaquah Transit Center, leaving at 9:30 am.  Riders, please remember to bring funds to reimburse drivers for their expenses at the usual Mountaineers rate.

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.

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 will have the opportunity for lunch/snacks in Issaquah at Masa Mexican Kitchen & Cantina


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)
Trip Reports