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Cave Hole Trail

Intermediate
 2.5 (2)

This steady climb up Cougar Mountain features old mining caves and lush forest.


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1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

87%

Runnable

1,188' 362 m

High

763' 233 m

Low

435' 133 m

Up

11' 3 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Cave · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The park is open 8 am to dusk.

Description

Starting from near the Red Town Trailhead, this doubletrack trail leaves the Red Town Trail on a slow, steady climb up Cougar Mountain. There are old mining caves in several spots along the trail. The larger of the caves are barricaded and have warning signs around them about the risk of falling or poisonous gasses coming from the ground. Be cautious with small children in these areas.

The lush forest growth gives the trail a magical quality as it traverses rocks and exposed roots. At the end of the trail, runners can connect with several other trails within the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park trail system.

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Shared By:

Carol Christensen

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The start of your loop on the Cave Hole Trail is complete with plenty of tall, beautiful trees.
Jun 6, 2017 near Newcastle, WA
The moss is pretty impressive!
May 24, 2017 near Newcastle, WA
Spring green is everywhere you look along the Cave Hole Trail.
May 24, 2017 near Newcastle, WA
Spring wildflowers abound in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
May 24, 2017 near Newcastle, WA
There are 5-6 bridges to cross along the Cougar Mountain Red Town Loop. Some of them can be pretty slick when it rains.
Mar 3, 2017 near Newcastle, WA
Ferns and forest on Cave Hole Trail
Apr 12, 2019 near Newcastle, WA

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Jun 19, 2017
Dirk Hakkesteegt
trail is really not good if you run minimalistic