Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is the gem of King County's 25,000-acres park system. Just minutes from Eastside cities such as Bellevue and Issaquah, the park is a natural oasis amid our rapidly developing region and offers ample recreational opportunities.
Located in the "Issaquah Alps," Cougar Mountain showcases a variety of natural features from forests and waterfalls to meadows and cliffs. Sweeping vistas of the Cascades, Lake Sammamsih, and Bellevue, Seattle and beyond can found at different points throughout the park, while other, more densely vegetated areas of the park whisk you away from the sights and sounds of nearby urban development.
Cougar Mountain is a favorite trail destination, and in 2005, Trails.com ranked it 19th on the website's guide to the Top 100 trails in North America. The park's more than 36 miles of trails criss-cross the mountain and offer something for every outdoor enthusiast, from the hard-core trail runner to the family out for a short, kid-friendly hike. There are also 12 miles of trails for equestrian use.
Trail length: 36 miles (12 for equestrian use)
Use: hiking, horseback riding, wildlife observation, mountain biking prohibited
Red Town Trailhead
From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 3.1 miles. Look for the entrance to the Red Town Trailhead on the left side of the road.
From I-405: Take Exit 10 and follow Coal Creek Pkwy SE for 2.4 miles to the shopping center. Turn left at the light onto SE 72nd Pl and then left again at Newcastle Gold Club Road. Follow that for 1.9 miles. The entrance to Red Town Trailhead is on the right side of the road just after the big bend.
Sky Country Trailhead
From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 2.5 miles. Turn left on SE Cougar Mountain Way and then right on 166th Way SE. Follow 166th to its end (0.7 mi). On the right is the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot (horse trailer space available).
Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead
From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto SE Cougar Mountain Way. Follow the double yellow line (the road will first swing left and become 168th Pl SE and then right to become SE 60th St). Turn off 60th St uphill onto the dead end road, SE Cougar Mountain Dr. The road will change to gravel - at the end is the trailhead.
Wilderness Creek Trailhead
From I-90: Take Exit 15 and drive south on Hwy 900 (17th Ave NW and then Renton-Issaquah Road SE) for 3.3. miles. Look for the trailhead sign and an asphalt driveway that goes uphill to the right.