Cougar Mountain Red Town Loop
ElevationAscent: 690' 210 m
Descent: -676' -206 m
High: 1,278' 390 m
Low: 676' 206 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“This well-maintained rolling loop is a treat just minutes from Seattle.”— Mark Seidl
The loop starts out with a climb on the Cave Hole Trail. 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.
Near the end of the Cave Hole Trail, use the short Bypass Trail to connect to Fred's Railroad Trail. From here, it is a short, gradual downhill to connect to the Shy Bear Trail, a rolling trail that trends downhill for its length to connect you with the Indian Trail. From here, the trail levels out and you have a flat to slightly uphill hike back to the Red Town Trail and the Red Town Trailhead.
Land Manager: King County, WA - Parks and Recreation