Trail Talk Tuesday – Cougar Mountain

Distance – More than 55km of trails in total
Trail Type – Mostly groomed double track
Accessibility – Easy but need a car from downtown Seattle
Trail markers – Easy to find, well-marked

While on a recent trip to Seattle I had the opportunity to run with a local running group called High Heel Running Group. This fabulous women’s only run group meets at Cougar Mountain every Saturday morning to run 4, 6, or 10 miles, whatever those are.

Having never been on mountain trails I had no idea what to expect. I was surprised to find the trails were well groomed and the elevation similar to that which we experience on our home trails.

While I was being guided by women who knew the trails well and did not need to pay much attention to markings, I did notice frequent posts detailing the names of the trails and which way they went.

The trail itself is full of lush forest and a couple waterfalls. Unfortunately when we came across one of the waterfalls it was dried up.

The group started at the Clay Pit Rd trail head and I opted for the ‘6 mile’ route, though there are other trail heads within the park and countless amounts of routes to take. This is the closest set of trails to downtown Seattle (about a 30 minute drive) and a great place to visit if in the area! You can check out the route I did on Strava.

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