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Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park / Doughty Falls

 

The trailhead parking lot is very small with limited parking and this is the reason I would like us to meet at the Issaquah Transit Center parking garage. Not only will this help ensure  us a parking spot but also allow parking for other hikers.

The quiet Wilderness Creek Trail climbs to the park's little known summit via an appealing valley, passing several viewpoints along the way. The highest point is Wilderness Peak at 1595 ft. This is a double loop hike and a waterfall.

For those who will be meeting at the trailhead, the rest of should be arriving between 8:45 and 9:00 AM.

There is also the option of stopping somewhere for lunch afterward. The Issaquah Brewhouse has always been one of our favorites.

Itinerary:

8:30 AM - Issaquah Transit Center parking garage

8:45 AM - Arrive at the trailhead

9:00 AM - Start the hike

Hiking time - 4.5 hours

Length: 7.5 miles

Pace: Moderate

Configuration: Double loop

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1200 feet

Scenery: Several modest viewpoints and cascading Wilderness Creek and Doughty Falls

Exposure: Mostly shaded

Traffic: Low to moderate

Hiking Time: 4.5 hours

Access: No fee for parking or park access

Facilities: Restroom at trailhead

What to bring: rain gear, warm clothes ( NO COTTON ), good boots, poles, food and plenty of water.

Directions:

From I-90 east, take exit 15, take a right at the light onto 17th Ave NW. At the forth stoplight, take a left onto Newport way and you will see the entrance to the parking garage  on you left.

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  • Cyrus B.

    A little sunshine, a little rain, and a refreshing, early spring walk, topped off with Bob's delicious signature "hot Cocoa" and his usual, good vibration and comradery; Can't beat that!

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Vivek

    Sorry to drop out. Need to work tomorrow. Enjoy the hike.

    April 4, 2014

  • Nozomi

    Darn...I have an appointment with my client...

    April 2, 2014

  • Cyrus B.

    Thank you, Bob.
    We haven't been very lucky with regional weather conditions lately concerning a day hike in surrounding hills and mountain ranges. Let us hope, the stars would line up for a decent condition this coming Saturday.

    March 31, 2014

    • Jo S.

      Yeah, projected forecast is rain at the moment. I do not understand hiking in the rain and cold, so am keeping my fingers crossed!

      March 31, 2014

  • Kim R.

    Coming from downtown would love to do this trail.

    March 31, 2014

  • Katherine S.

    I' ll be out of town. You guys enjoy. Hatee to miss a Saturday outing

    March 31, 2014

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