Mesatchee Creek

American Ridge, Washington

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Your dog may not appreciate the waterfalls, but she’ll surely love the water pools found along the creek, and you’ll both love the cool forest and plentiful wildlife (available for you to see and the dog to smell) found in this valley. The route climbs, steeply at times, along the Mesatchee Creek valley to the crest of the long, rambling American Ridge. You’ll find great views from the wonderful alpine meadows lining the ridgetop. The lakes may be named for big cats, but they were made for big dogs. Cougar Lakes are rimmed by gently sloped, sandy banks perfect for romping, swimming, and sunning after a long dusty hike. Too cold for you? Well, just toss a stick for the dog while you enjoy the sun-drenched beach and the stunning views of the House Rock monolith towering over the lake basin.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Your dog may not appreciate the waterfalls, but she’ll surely love the water pools found along the creek, and you’ll both love the cool forest and plentiful wildlife (available for you to see and the dog to smell) found in this valley. The route climbs, steeply at times, along the Mesatchee Creek valley to the crest of the long, rambling American Ridge. You’ll find great views from the wonderful alpine meadows lining the ridgetop.

The lakes may be named for big cats, but they were made for big dogs. Cougar Lakes are rimmed by gently sloped, sandy banks perfect for romping, swimming, and sunning after a long dusty hike. Too cold for you? Well, just toss a stick for the dog while you enjoy the sun-drenched beach and the stunning views of the House Rock monolith towering over the lake basin.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: American Ridge
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271
Driving Directions: Directions to Mesatchee Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

8/18/2006
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Trail overall was good, the worst of it a few spots where the horse steps were quite high. The trail into Cougar from ridge was tricky in a few places where the rocks required some care. Swamp lake on the way a nice place for a lunch or short rest. Campsites at Little Cougar were closed for repair and most camping was at Cougar lake. The area is heavily used but horsemen were considerate and friendly, kept animals well away from lakes. Most folks we met were on a day hikes in and out, backpackers evenly split going into American and Cougar lakes. Cougar lake route a good warm up backpack trip just right in length and difficulty(for 68yr old). The hike to American Trail from west end of Cougar quite nice and worth the effort for scenery and flowers. Warning: Plenty of Deet is a must from Swamp lake on.



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