Cougar Mountain Ring

Issaquah, Washington

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The Cougar Mountain Ring or Grand Tour, as it has been referred to, has many variations. This route starts from the Wilderness Creek Trailhead and begins with a quick climb through a heavily forested area to the highest point on Cougar Mountain Regional and Wildland Park. The route is classified as moderate, but provides a good workout for the advanced trail runner as well. The many trails of Cougar Mountain have much history associated with them. Fred’s Railroad Trail was named for Fred Round, who was known for his mining activities in the 1920s and lived his whole life on Cougar Mountain. Harvey Manning, a prolific author of several essential guidebooks to the Northwest, named Shy Bear Trail for the bear that spent much of the winter sleeping at the Shy Bear Bivouac junction with Wilderness Peak Trail. The bear was heard, but never seen. During visits to Cougar Mountain, the bears we named Huckleberry or Blackberry for their incomplete digestion have never shown themselves. Are they descendants of Shy Bear? Don’t let the excess of trail names discourage you. The trails are well marked and the various segments are short.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

The Cougar Mountain Ring or Grand Tour, as it has been referred to, has many variations. This route starts from the Wilderness Creek Trailhead and begins with a quick climb through a heavily forested area to the highest point on Cougar Mountain Regional and Wildland Park. The route is classified as moderate, but provides a good workout for the advanced trail runner as well.

The many trails of Cougar Mountain have much history associated with them. Fred’s Railroad Trail was named for Fred Round, who was known for his mining activities in the 1920s and lived his whole life on Cougar Mountain. Harvey Manning, a prolific author of several essential guidebooks to the Northwest, named Shy Bear Trail for the bear that spent much of the winter sleeping at the Shy Bear Bivouac junction with Wilderness Peak Trail. The bear was heard, but never seen. During visits to Cougar Mountain, the bears we named Huckleberry or Blackberry for their incomplete digestion have never shown themselves. Are they descendants of Shy Bear? Don’t let the excess of trail names discourage you. The trails are well marked and the various segments are short.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Issaquah
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.75 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: Department of Natural Resources Tiger Mountain, Squak Mountain, Cougar Mountain, and Tradition Plateau
Driving Directions: Directions to Cougar Mountain Ring

Recent Trail Reviews

11/3/2006
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Cougar Mountain Ring is beautiful, but definitely more suited for running and walking rather than hiking. Great for dogs and kids!


7/27/2006
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great complex so close to the city. bugs and brush can catch your ankles on some of the less maintained trails, but the major trails are really great for running. spectacular views. like a runner's paradise at the top of the city. I did the shangri-la trail and lost about 1000 ft of elevation quite quickly and got a good workout coming back up. Wish I had more time to explore.


10/12/2005
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My new, all-time favorite place to run! Rugged and wild, but absoleutely inspiring.



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