Mountaineers Explorers at Cougar Mountain - Sky Country
King County Parks Department
Sun, Nov 08, 2015
8:30AM - 2:30PM

Thanks for volunteering for this work party! All our work parties have three rules: safety first, fun second and work third. The work can be hard so we encourage everyone to work at his or her own pace. If you have any questions please call our office at 206/625-1367. We want you to have a good time and experience first hand what it takes to keep trails in good shape. If you have questions about what we're doing during the work party, about trails in general or about specific trails, please ask your crew leaders. Let us know how you found out about the work party, and anything we can do to make it more fun. We want you to come back!
Special Notes: This is a private work party with members of the Mountaineers Explorers program. Volunteers will be 10 - 13 years old.

Trail Facts: At more than 3000 acres, Cougar Mountain Regional Park is the largest in King County's Issaquah Alps system - and it is among the wildest. It also offers more than 36 miles of trails, which makes it a great destination for hikers in the Puget Sound area who want to get out for a quick hike. In addition, Cougar Mountain Park is awash in history - the Duwamish Indians traveled through this area for years. Coal, discovered in 1863, was mined until 1926; on occasion, you can still spot chunks along Coal Creek. And Anti-Aircraft Peak was not named by a Boeing engineer, but was in fact a manned military post from World War II through the Cold War.

Directions: From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 2.5 miles. Turn left on SE Cougar Mountain Way for 0.6 miles and then right on 166th Way SE. Follow 166th to its end (0.7 mi). On the right is the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot. (Driving time from Seattle: approximately 30 minutes.)

We want this to be a rewarding and fun event, so please read the following information carefully.

All volunteers MUST be wearing:
  • Work gloves
  • Long pants
  • Adequate boots for foot protection
  • A day pack to carry your personal gear
In addition, we RECOMMEND:
  • Eye protection (such as glasses, sunglasses, or safety glasses)
  • Long-sleeved shirt
Please BRING:
  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Rain gear / Cold-weather gear

We cannot allow anyone to work in sneakers or shorts. You will be turned away if you do not have the required work gear. All volunteers will also be required to wear a hard-hat (provided by WTA) while working. Volunteers are not allowed to bring firearms and weapons on a work party.

More information:

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions prior to attending this work party.

If you are under 18, you must have a Signed Parental Consent form with you. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Day on Trail

WTA crew leaders will meet you at the above-stated start time. We hope by investing our time in teaching you trail maintenance you'll come back and join us again. Our work party rules are followed in this order: 1) Be Safe! 2) Have fun! 3) Get some work done! -- and are outlined below in more detail:


The emphasis is always safety first. Upon arrival, you will sign a WTA liability release. The crew leaders will give a safety talk and discuss specific plans for the day. Please be on time, as we can allow you to work only after you have heard our entire safety briefing, signed in, and have the appropriate work gear.


Second only to safety, WTA wants your time on trail to be enjoyable. Our crew leaders are there to facilitate your fun - so if you aren't having fun, please let them know! At the end of the day we will take pride in our accomplishments as we return to the trailhead. We will have refreshments and light snacks while preparing for the trip home. To read about the other fun perks and incentives of volunteering, please go here.


In addition to the safety talk, WTA will provide the necessary tools, hard hats, and training to get the job done. We'll head up the trail promptly after the safety talk and crew leaders will acquaint you with the tasks at hand. Volunteers are urged throughout the day to take breaks whenever they want. We generally stop for a 30-minute lunch around noon. At the end of the day we'll collect the tools, head back down to the trailhead and have a wrap-up of the day's work. Every effort is made to ensure that all volunteers can depart from the trailhead at the designated end time, generally no later than 3:30pm on a day trip.

Questions? Please call us at 206/625-1367 if you have any questions!

Thanks again for signing up. We're looking forward to seeing you out on the trail!