Cougar, WA Trails and Parks

Cougar has 82 trails in the vicinity, including 53 hiking trails and 15 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.3 to 32 miles in length. The most popular trails are Ptarmigan Trail - Monitor Ridge, Upper and Lower Ape Cave and Ape Caves Trail. Trails.com member Terry W. recently completed Ape Canyon.
  • Mount St. HelensView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Climbing  
    •  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 rising above the placid ...

  • Ape Canyon - Plains of Abraham - Windy PointView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 zone in the Mount ...

  • Ape Caves TrailView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 club who found ...

  • June LakeView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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. Helens appear ahead. ...

  • Upper and Lower Ape CaveView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 its upper portion, ...

  • June LakeView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    •  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 in a blanket of ...

  • Lava CanyonView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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, which must be descended ...

  • Ptarmigan Trail - Monitor RidgeView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 strenuous climb up ...

  • Mount St. Helens: Monitor Ridge and Swift Glacier RouteView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Climbing  
    •  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 lava dome in the crater ...

  • Yacolt’s Larch MountainView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    •  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 initial singletrack ...

  • Big Creek FallsView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 path begins ...

  • Ape Canyon / Plains of AbrahamView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 on the east side of ...

  • Marble MountainView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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 configuration, ...

  • Ptarmigan TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 north through fir ...

  • Trail of Two ForestsView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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. Bear left at ...

  • Lower Ape CaveView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • 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 are recommended ...

  • Lewis River TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    •  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 and rapids of the ...

  • Mount St.Helens: Plains of AbrahamView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    •  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 above Ape Canyon, ...

  • Marble Mountain SnoparkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Snowshoeing  
    •  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 is easy. Other skiing ...

  • Lower Siouxon Creek TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 who moved into the ...

  • Mount St.Helens: Blue Lake RideView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    •  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 of Mount St. Helens, ...

  • Butte Camp TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Butte Camp offers a great destination for those wanting an easy outing, or even a short overnight backpacking trip. The trail starts with grand ...

  • Mount St. Helens SummitView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Snowshoeing  
    •  9 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    On this climb up Mount St. Helens, snowshoers can simply walk straight up the deep snow piled on the flank of the big volcano, taking a direct ...

  • Huffman Peak TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    A word of warning: Bring lots of water. This trail challenges hikers right from the start as it begins with a descent and ends with a climb. ...

  • Lava CanyonView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  Day hike
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    There are two hike possibilities from the Lava Canyon Trailhead: a short loop past some of the best waterfalls at Mount St. Helens, and a difficult ...