Cougar Mountain - Big Tree Trail

King County Parks Department

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Thu, Jan 10, 2013


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.

This is the regular Thursday work party, so we will be meeting at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast at IHOP, in Issaquah at 1433 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah, WA 98027. Coming from Seattle, take Exit 15 and turn left at the light onto WA-900. Cross over the over-pass and take the left at NW Sammamish Rd. IHOP will be on the left. All volunteers are welcome join us. It is a great opportunity to meet your co-workers. Otherwise you can meet us at the trailhead at the regular time.

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 half a mile to Newport Blvd. Turn right on Newport Blvd and go for another half mile to a white steel gate with gravel parking lot on your left. This is where we'll meet.


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

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