Cougar Mountain Series: Race #2 - 8.2 Loop
ElevationAscent: 983' 300 m
Descent: -992' -302 m
High: 1,463' 446 m
Low: 1,078' 329 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“A fun forested loop close to the city covering some of the best trails on Cougar Mountain.”— Kate Wendt
Featured Race - Jun 8, 2019
This particular loop is almost exclusively on singletrack and is a favorite intermediate loop used by both NW Trail Runs for its Cougar Mountain run series in the summer/fall as well as several local running groups. However, trails are never crowded, providing the great combination of easy access and solitude.
The route includes a combination of some gently rolling singletrack and some gradual to steep ascents and descents. There aren't as many panoramic views on Cougar but the trails are nonetheless beautiful - there are few things more fun than running through singletrack in the forest!
Continue on the generally flat Klondike Swamp Trail for approximately 1 mile until you reach Lost Beagle Trail on your right. Take Lost Beagle up the hill (the first climb of the run other than the gradual hill on Clay Pit) until you reach the top then continue straight while descending slightly. Continue straight to continue on Anti-Aircraft Ridge Trail, a fun, rolling, technical singletrack until the trail comes to a T at Cougar Pass Trail.
Go left on Cougar Pass Trail and continue up and to the right until you reach Clay Pit Road again. There is a nice view out to the left at Clay Pit Rd. - soak it up for a moment then turn right back down Clay Pit road for about 0.1 miles until you see the first trail on your left - Mine Shaft Trail.
Take Mine Shaft Trail and you'll soon see one of the old mine shafts that's now covered by a grate. Continue up the trail which has a slight climb, then descend and continue on Mine Shaft Trail as it turns into East Fork Trail.
When you get to the end of East Fork Trail, it will come to a T at Fred's Railroad Trail. Go left on Fred's Railroad Trail and continue straight as it turns into Shy Bear Trail. Continue on Shy Bear Trail until it once again comes to a T - stay to the right and continue onto Long View Peak Trail, then continue onto Deceiver Trail. Deceiver will descend then climb up to a T at Shy Bear Trail. Take a right on Shy Bear Trail and do your final ascent up back up to Fred's Railroad Trail.
Go left on Fred's Railroad Trail, then take a left when you reach Bypass Trail. Take Bypass Trail for about a quarter mile until you turn right to get over to Old Man's Trail. Go through the horse barriers on Old Man's Trail, and continue on this trail straight until you get back to the parking lot, or to add a few tenths of a mile to get closer to 8 miles as was done in this loop, take the same connector trail over to Clay Pit Road that you took in the beginning and take a left on Clay Pit Road to take this back about a quarter mile to the entrance of the park, where you'll be back to your car.
In the 1950s and early 60s, two active Nike missile sites were located within the parks current boundaries, in order to protect the Puget Sound region from potential air attacks. Eventually, these sites were decommissioned, and in the late 1960s, King County took over ownership of the land that would later become Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
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Local Club: Washington Trails Association
Land Manager: King County, WA - Parks and Recreation