I know it’s summer, and activities are not in short supply, but are you searching for something that is both inspiring and challenging? If so, then the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park might be what you’re searching for.
Overwhelming public support has kept this park upkept and growing since its inception. From its early years, the region become home to Native Americans, miners, and loggers. A plethora of wild edibles can be found among the ferns and evergreens, but don’t get too cozy with the habitat.
In the 1920s, miners and loggers worked the hills, creating a fresh economy in the area. In the 1950s, two active Nike missile sites were located within the park’s current boundaries (but, before the land was bought by the park). These sites were decommissioned, and Kind Count took ownership in the 1960s.
With so much history and culture lives within the regional park and many continue to visit, adore, and partake in the beauty, vastness, and recreation the area offers.
This 3,115-acre forest is open from eight in the morning, until dusk.
Four main trailheads circle the park, and intersect at multiple parts. Well-maintained paths give you optimal walkability.
Red Town Trailhead: Arguable one of the most popular trailheads, the Red Town Trailhead can be accessed in many places. Meaning, you can make your hike short or long, depending on your time constraints and mood.
Sky Country Trailhead: Used for hiking and horses, this near-Renton trailhead is awesome for anyone searching for a family-friendly loop-hike. Natural Washington forests create a serene backdrop to your wonderful afternoon. The trail is about 5.6 miles, with 1,145 elevation gain, so dress according to weather and bring daily necessities.
Anti-Aircraft Trailhead: An easy 2.8 miles, with 570 elevation gain, makes this loop-trail great for all skill levels. This trail features a lake and is accessible year-round. Leashed puppers are invited to enjoy this trail.
Wilderness Creek Trailhead: This trail has a little bit of everything, and for everyone. At 2.8 miles, with 1,056 elevation gain, it feels like a mix of the other trails. This “out and back” trail, features an intimate nature trip. Wild flowers, forests, views, and birdwatching makes this a pleasant experience. It’s distance, dog and kid friendliness makes this moderate hike fully featured.
For more trail information, check out their website here!