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.
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Mountaineers hike up Cougar Mountain. This loop starts at the Wilderness Creek TH and visits Long View Peak, Doughty Falls, Far Country Viewpoint, Shy Bear Marsh, Wilderness Peak and Wilderness Cliffs.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Richard DuBois, Louise Kornreich, and David Coate.
Reference: Green Trails: Cougar Mountain Squak Mountain No. 203S. Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, No. 5 Wilderness Peak.
From I-90 take exit 15 onto Newcastle Way (State Route 900). Drive south about 2.5 miles to the Wilderness Creek trailhead.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.5093,-122.0904)
7.65 miles, 2152 ft. gain, 4 hrs 04 min.