Wilderness Peak

Issaquah, Washington

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Issaquah
Distance: 5.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 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 Maps: USGS Issaquah
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilderness Peak

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May 2018