Hike explores the hidden trails of Cougar Mountain
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is leading a hike July 18 to explore some of the lesser-known trails of Cougar Mountain.
But you have to pre-register, so sign up now at www.mtsgreenway.org/trek. Cost is $25 per person.
Cougar Mountain is a favorite destination for trail runners and hikers, but only a small fraction of its trails are well-known. This guided hike will travel from east to west across the mountain, traversing many of its quieter trails.
The Hidden Trails of Cougar Mountain hike is a part of the 25th anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek, as participants hike and bike across the proposed Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area from Ellensburg to Seattle.
Cougar Mountain event participants will hike 11 miles from the eastern end of Cougar Mountain in Issaquah, across to the western flank, and then meander along Coal Creek before arriving at the shores of Lake Washington in Bellevue. The Greenway Trust provides guides, a T-shirt, route map, snacks and shuttle service from cars to the start of the trip, since participants will park at the end destination and then hike back toward it.
The Greenway-led hike is a unique opportunity to discover lush forests of hemlock, Douglas fir, huckleberry and salmonberry, and the deep history of Cougar Mountain and Coal Creek. As momentum grows for making this a National Heritage Area, the hike is a unique opportunity to experience the heritage, scenery and recreation that makes the Greenway nationally acclaimed.