Cougar, WA Trails and Parks

Cougar has 82 trails in the vicinity, including 53 hiking trails and 16 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.3 to 32 miles in length. The longest trail in Cougar is Loowit Trail a well-known trail measuring 32 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Ptarmigan Trail - Monitor Ridge, Ape Caves Trail and Upper and Lower Ape Cave. Trails.com member Leigha H. recently completed June Lake.

More information on the best trails in Cougar can be found below.
  • Mount St. Helens

    4 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Mount St. Helens hardly needs an introduction here. The present mountain is a poor reminder of the once-symmetrical cone rising above the placid waters of Spirit Lake. Though named for a friend ...
    •  Times vary by chosen route
    •  Guide

    Mount St. Helens hardly needs an introduction here. The present mountain is a poor reminder of the once-symmetrical cone ...

  • June Lake

    4 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    As you ascend gently through the second-growth forest of fir and hemlock, glimpses of the smooth south slopes of Mount St. Helens appear ahead. The path winds up through the woods, sometimes ...
    •  Day hike
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    As you ascend gently through the second-growth forest of fir and hemlock, glimpses of the smooth south slopes of Mount St. ...

  • Ape Canyon - Plains of Abraham - Windy Point

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    This strenuous tour winds through a mystical red cedar and Douglas-fir forest and then takes you through part of the eruption zone in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Additional ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    This strenuous tour winds through a mystical red cedar and Douglas-fir forest and then takes you through part of the eruption ...

  • Ape Caves Trail

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The primates that gave their name to two lava tubes found along this trail weren’t monkeys—they were members of a 1950s outdoor club who found and explored the tubes. They called themselves the ...
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The primates that gave their name to two lava tubes found along this trail weren’t monkeys—they were members of a 1950s outdoor ...

  • Upper and Lower Ape Cave

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The longest known lava tube cave in North America, Ape Cave offers a challenging scramble with a surface return trail along its upper portion, while Lower Ape Cave is an easier out-and-back underground ...
    •  Day hike
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The longest known lava tube cave in North America, Ape Cave offers a challenging scramble with a surface return trail along ...

  • June Lake

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Exploring the June Lake Trail on snowshoes, with the deep old forest, wide lake basin, and crashing waterfall all swaddled in a blanket of white, is the only way to enjoy the truly wild nature ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Exploring the June Lake Trail on snowshoes, with the deep old forest, wide lake basin, and crashing waterfall all swaddled ...

  • Lower Ape Cave

    2 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    This is a very popular cave, so traffic may be heavy. The main hazard in this cave is the darkness. Two good sources of light are recommended for each person entering the cave. Because hiking ...
    •  Day hike
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a very popular cave, so traffic may be heavy. The main hazard in this cave is the darkness. Two good sources of light ...

  • Lava Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The Loop is rough and slippery in spots. Below the Loop the trail is very rough, exposed and slippery in spots. The ladders, which must be descended to continue down to the Smith Creek Trail ...
    •  Day hike
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Loop is rough and slippery in spots. Below the Loop the trail is very rough, exposed and slippery in spots. The ladders, ...

  • Ptarmigan Trail - Monitor Ridge

    2 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    This hike takes you through dense forest and across an open slope with a great view. You’ll then make the nontechnical but strenuous climb up the south side of Mount St. Helens to its summit ...
    •  Day hike
    •  9.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike takes you through dense forest and across an open slope with a great view. You’ll then make the nontechnical but ...

  • Mount St. Helens: Monitor Ridge and Swift Glacier Route

    2 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The chief allure of climbing this shattered volcano is the glimpse over the rim into “the hole,” at the smoking, pulsating lava dome in the crater of this living mountain. The non-technical route ...
    •  5 - 8 hours one-way, car to summit
    •  Guide

    The chief allure of climbing this shattered volcano is the glimpse over the rim into “the hole,” at the smoking, pulsating ...

  • Yacolt’s Larch Mountain

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    This trail is a favorite among local mountain bikers. In an area that is hot and dry in the summer, the cool shade of the initial singletrack climb along Cold Creek is inviting (though it can ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  13.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail is a favorite among local mountain bikers. In an area that is hot and dry in the summer, the cool shade of the ...

  • Ape Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The Ape Canyon Trail provides one of the best possible places to observe and study the effects that a large lahar has on the landscape. This route climbs along the edge of the huge Muddy River ...
    •  Day hike
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Ape Canyon Trail provides one of the best possible places to observe and study the effects that a large lahar has on ...

  • Big Creek Falls

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Stroll through old-growth forest, passing two spectacular waterfalls, to the rim of the Lewis River Canyon. The wide, well-maintained path begins through a mixed forest of western hemlock, alder, ...
    •  Day hike
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Stroll through old-growth forest, passing two spectacular waterfalls, to the rim of the Lewis River Canyon. The wide, well-maintained ...

  • Lewis River Waterfalls

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Hike along the crystal-clear Lewis River through magnificent old-growth forest, passing three large and spectacular waterfalls. Old growth Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock ...
    •  5-10 miles
    •  Guide

    Hike along the crystal-clear Lewis River through magnificent old-growth forest, passing three large and spectacular waterfalls. ...

  • Ptarmigan Trail

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The Ptarmigan Trail begins to climb gently to the north as it leaves the parking area. The wide, well-maintained trail heads north through fir forest and huckleberry bushes. Avalanche lilies ...
    •  Day hike
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Ptarmigan Trail begins to climb gently to the north as it leaves the parking area. The wide, well-maintained trail heads ...

  • Trail of Two Forests

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Leave the trailhead and walk south 45 yards on the paved, barrier-free trail to the junction and the beginning of the boardwalk. Bear left at the junction and go another 40 yards to the sign ...
    •  Day hike
    •  0.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Leave the trailhead and walk south 45 yards on the paved, barrier-free trail to the junction and the beginning of the boardwalk. ...

  • Ape Canyon / Plains of Abraham

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The ride through this area starts with a climb on regenerated forest and old growth untouched by the eruption. It travels on the east side of the Lahar mudflow, which you can spy through the ...
    •  21.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The ride through this area starts with a climb on regenerated forest and old growth untouched by the eruption. It travels ...

  • Marble Mountain

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The trip up Marble Mountain is an intermediate-level ride with advanced-level views. The 13.2-mile route is a reverse lollipop configuration, with the sweeter part on the stick!The out-and-back ...
    •  13.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The trip up Marble Mountain is an intermediate-level ride with advanced-level views. The 13.2-mile route is a reverse lollipop ...

  • Lewis River Trail

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The pride of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a gorgeous riverside walk among old-growth firs and cedars, past pools and rapids of the blue-green, glacier-fed Lewis River. Swimming, fishing, ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The pride of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a gorgeous riverside walk among old-growth firs and cedars, past pools ...

  • Mount St.Helens: Plains of Abraham

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Riding straight for the blast zone, the trail to the Plains of Abraham warms you up with a good climb into the trees. Passing above Ape Canyon, the Plains starkly contrast with the surrounding ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Riding straight for the blast zone, the trail to the Plains of Abraham warms you up with a good climb into the trees. Passing ...

  • Marble Mountain Snopark

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The trip to June Lake is one of the most popular ski tours from the Marble Mountain Snopark. If the snow is good, the skiing is easy. Other skiing and snowshoeing options are available, and the ...
    •  Day hike
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The trip to June Lake is one of the most popular ski tours from the Marble Mountain Snopark. If the snow is good, the skiing ...

  • Middle Falls Loop (Lewis River)

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Hike through old-growth forest to a spectacular waterfall in the swift and crystal-clear Lewis River. To hike this loop in a clockwise direction, start from the northeast end of the gravel ...
    •  1 or 2 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hike through old-growth forest to a spectacular waterfall in the swift and crystal-clear Lewis River. To hike this loop ...

  • Lower Siouxon Creek Trail

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The history of the area is exemplified by mossy little Hickmans Cabin. It was built in the early 1930s by the firefighters who moved into the area to suppress and battle the fires that frequently ...
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The history of the area is exemplified by mossy little Hickmans Cabin. It was built in the early 1930s by the firefighters ...

  • Mount St.Helens: Blue Lake Ride

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The route along Blue Lake showcases some of Washington’s most vivid landscapes. Traveling along the still-forested sections of Mount St. Helens, this nontechnical ride keeps to the trees, making ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  12.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The route along Blue Lake showcases some of Washington’s most vivid landscapes. Traveling along the still-forested sections ...

  • Lewis River Trail

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Hike along the Lewis River Canyon through the old-growth temperate-zone rain forest, watching for Roosevelt elk. Stop to fish or camp along the beautiful Lewis River.
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Hike along the Lewis River Canyon through the old-growth temperate-zone rain forest, watching for Roosevelt elk. Stop to ...