Cougar Mountain - Big Tree Trail

King County Parks Department

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sun, Nov 11, 2012


Peaceful woodlands on Cougar Mtn.

Puget Sound Area. Cougar Mountain County Park is looking for some help to reroute a section of the Big Tree trail. This is one of the trails in the northeast corner of the park. This trail typifies what is essentially a small piece of wildland in an increasingly urban setting. While enjoying the woods and wildlife while working on this trail you can contemplate and thank the foresight and vision of Harvey Manning and others who helped to protect this area.

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, bordered by Lake Washington, Bellevue, Issaquah and Renton, is a mishmash of roads, trails, abandoned Army missile silos, abandoned landfills and somehow, plenty of wildlife. Cougar really do live here, and plenty of other creatures stumble across the trail from time to time. Not only is it King County’s largest park, it is one of the largest wildland parks in an urban area in the United States. Amazing views can be had from higher up of the Seattle area and the beginnings of Snoqualmie Pass.

Driving directions:
From I-90: Take Exit 15, Signed for WA 900 and Lake Sammamish State Park; turn south on WA 900 towards Renton for a little over a mile passing Gilman Blvd and Newport Blvd. Turn right at NW Talus Dr (main Talus entrance). Follow a little over a half mile until Shangri-La Way NW. Turn right and follow for a half mile curving to the right. At Bear Ridge Dr NW, turn left for 0.3 miles. Turn Left at Bear Ridge Ct NW and follow to parking lot at park.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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