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Wilderness Creek Trail

Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
Rating: 2 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.4 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is one of the most scenic trails on the south side of Cougar Mountain. It is also one of the steeper sections of the park, which ... more »

Tips:  How to get here:

From I-90, take exit 15 and head south on Highway 900 for 3.3 miles. The trailhead marker will be on your right, see... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead Marker from Parking Area

This is the main parking area which gives access to the southern trails in the Cougar Mountain Park. There is a single portable restroom located in the parking area along with some plastic scoops. The plastic scoops have been provided to replace davits and holes in the trail.

2. Creek Crossing

This is the first creek crossing you will come across on your journey up to the peak. This portion of the creek is usually low for most of the year.

3. Start of Uphill Climb

From the beginning of the trail you would have started on a slow uphill climb up towards the peak. From here the trail continues upward with many switchbacks on the trail to help in your uphill quest for the peak.

4. Wooden Plank

A short wooden bridge will assist with your crossing of this muddy portion of the trail. Use caution in the winter months as the boards can be slippery from the ice and frost.

5. Wooden Bridge

One of the many bridges you will find along your way up towards the peak. Near this bridge will be the trailhead for the Wilderness Cliffs and Squak Mountain Connector Trails.

6. Fork in the Trail

This is the trailhead marker for the Wilderness Cliffs Trail. The trail up along the Wilderness Creek trail is more scenic but if you are looking for the shortest route up to the peak then take a right and continue up Wilderness Cliffs.

A short distance down the Wilderness Cliffs trail you will come to another trailhead marker that will lead you ... More

7. Old Bridge

This is another bridge to help in your crossing of the creek down below. Use caution when crossing bridge, especially if you have brought young children, as there is only a single handrail.

8. Moss Covered Boulders

You are nearly half way up the trail now and the uphill climb will now level out slightly. Your progress will continue upwards but will not seem as steep as the first half. Take some time to stop and look at these giant boulders along the trail.

9. Planks over Marsh

This is part of the Shy Bear Marsh area. These planks will help keep your feet dry as you make your way through this wetland area.

Stay on the boards as much of the wetland can be deceptively deep.

10. Narrow Walkway

This is a continuation of the wooden walkway through the Shy Bear Marsh Area. Once you have left the planked walkway the trail will increase in steepness as you enter into the final leg of your journey to the peak.

11. Wilderness Peak Trailhead

You have now made it to the end of this trail and are only minutes away from reaching the Wilderness Peak. Continue to your right, if heading north, to continue onto the peak via the Wilderness Peak Trailhead.