Wilderness Peak Trail

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Washington

Elevation Gain245ft
Trailhead Elevation1,595ft
Elevation Min/Max1379/1598ft
Elevation Start/End1595/1596ft

Wilderness Peak Trail

Wilderness Peak Trail is a hiking trail in King County, Washington. It is within Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 1,595 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 245 feet. The trail ends near Wilderness Peak. There is also a bench near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Shy Bear Trail and Wilderness Cliffs Trail.

Wilderness Peak Trail Professional Guides

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Best Hikes Near Seattle (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"There is no view from the summit of Wilderness Peak, but the trail up and back is still very nice. Even better, the trail is less than 20 miles from Seattle. That makes it a perfect after-work hike year-round. The mixed forest of maturing Douglas fir, red alder, mountain hemlock, western red cedar, and maples form a rich mosaic of vegetation. The interplay of sky and sunshine filtering through the many shades of green is immensely pleasing to the eye. For these reasons it’s easy to comprehend why the trails of Cougar Mountain are so popular." Read more
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"If your definition of wilderness includes remote wildlands untouched by the hands of man, this is a misnamed peak. But if you can accept that wilderness includes lands returned to a state of wildness, you’ll love this simple little Cougar Mountain hike in a natural wonderland that’s just minutes from an urban jungle. Though the trail is usually hikeable year-round (snowfall is scarce at this elevation), the route is best enjoyed in the fall through spring because mosquitoes buzz here in great numbers during the summer." Read more

Wilderness Peak Trail Reviews

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Staying in Issaquah for a wedding and was looking for a nice, short hike close by. This trail fit the bill. It's a moderately steep, semi-loop trail through second-growth forest. It was a little foggy when we hiked it, but I suspect there aren't too many stunning views as you never leave the forest. Otherwise verdant and pretty without being spectacular. The trail connects with several other trails to make for a longer hike if desired.
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nice and quiet but no real views. Good hike to do once when you just need to get out but nothing to make a destination of. It was fairly muddy in places.

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Trail Information

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
Nearby City
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
King County Parks and Recreation Division, 201 S Jackson St., Ste. 700, Seattle, WA 98104; (206) 296-0100; www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/ parks/inventory/cougar.aspx. For emergencies either dial 911 or call King County Police at (206) 296-3311. Download a map of Cougar Mountain Regional Wild- land Park from www.king county.gov/environment/dnrp/park_map.aspx or your.kingcounty.gov/ftp/gis/web/vmc/recreation/BCT_Cougar Mtn_brochure.pdf.
Local Contacts
USGS Issaquah
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018