Cougar Mountain - Sky Country

King County Parks Department

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Thu, Apr 18, 2013


Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Issaquah Alps Area. We'll meet at the Skycountry Trailhead high up on side of Cougar Mountain. The main project will be to build a new connector trail between the Skycountry trailhead and the historic Military Road trail. If we finish this project we will move on to other trails in the area. Work will include tread repair and drainage improvements, in order to keep the trails in good shape as a wonderful year-round hiking destination.

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.

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 Seattle 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.

Driving 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.)


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

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