Hiking near Tacoma, Washington

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De Leo Wall Trail
De Leo Wall Trail
Newcastle, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Moderate: 1.5 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The De Leo Wall Trail can be one of the most scenic trails on the West side of Cougar Mountain. From the scenic overlook you can see the city of Renton to the South and on a clear day Mount Rainier. To get here you can take a few routes, the quickest route is to take Wildside Trail and then take either the De Leo Wall Trail or Marshall's Hill Trail....
Lower Coal Creek Trail
Lower Coal Creek Trail
Newcastle, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Nature hike with multiple Coal Creek crossings.

This trail is an excellent finish to the four trails of Coal Creek Park. This trail offers the best views of Coal Creek and offers more of a challenge. The hills are not terribly steep but there are many and opportunity to rest is few. Starting out from the parking lot on SE 60th you will descend into the forest on a set of wooden stairs. The trail...
Coal Creek Trail
Coal Creek Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (25 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A short hike through the woods while exploring the area's coal mining history.

This is an easy hike that will lead you through a historical coal mining region. While the towns are gone you will still be able to view some artifacts from the past. Along the way you will see a coal mine shaft and an information kiosk where you can learn more about its history. There are also a few railroad cart turntables but they are difficult to...
Wildside Trail
Wildside Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.1 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This is one of my favorite trails to run on within the Cougar Mountain Park. It has a lot to offer in the form of scenery, access to other trails, and challenge. This trail can also be difficult to navigate if this is your first time hiking the trail. The first half of the trail seems to end with you having to walk 30 feet in either direction to locate...
Pretzel Tree Trail
Pretzel Tree Trail
High Valley, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Follow Field Mouse on a quick educational hike located on Squak Mountain.

This is a great hike for you to take the kids on. The trail is short and has almost no elevation change to it. It also provides a little education on how the forest and its animals work together to form an ecosystem. You will follow Field Mouse, who is the lead character, while he takes his first hike into the forest. Along the way he will encounter...
Primrose Trail
Primrose Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Coal Creek Park trail system, this trail will take you along a creek with a few small waterfalls.

At only .8 miles the Primrose Trail seems like a quick detour, however, this trail offers some of the best sites to be seen. On this trail you will follow Coal Creek while making a few crossings of the creek via wooden bridges. Along the way you will also pass by Sand Stone Falls, one of Coal Creeks tributaries. The Primrose Trail is named after...
Marshall's Hill Trail
Marshall's Hill Trail
Newcastle, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Located far from the park entrance you will have this trail to yourself. Rarely have I seen other hikers on this remote trail but that doesn't mean that there is nothing to be seen. You can easily spot small animals on this trail due to the infrequent use. You will begin the trail by leaving either the Wildside or Red Town Trail. The trail starts...
Red Town Trail
Red Town Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The Red Town Trail is one of the first trails you will come across when entering the park. From the information kiosk walk forward and keep left at the trailhead marker. The trail is very wide when compared to its connecting trails, but it is composed of a mixture of large and small rocks. The trail is named after a mining town by the same name that...
Licorice Fern Trail
Licorice Fern Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
Easy: 1.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This is one of the most secluded hikes within Cougar Mountain Park. Often you will have this trail to yourself with the exception of the occasional local trail runner. There are two main entrances to the Licorice Fern Trail. The first, and longest route, is to hike from the Red Town parking area which would be about 8.5 miles round trip. However,...
Steam Hoist Trail
Steam Hoist Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This short loop is another trail at Cougar Mountain where you can see some of the areas coal mining history. Along this trail you will come across the concrete pillars from the mines steam hoist. A steam hoist is basically a crane that used steam power to raise and lower objects into and out of the mine. The quickest way to get to this trail is...
Wilderness Cliffs Trail
Wilderness Cliffs Trail
Renton, Washington, United States (25 miles away)
 
Moderate: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

This trail can be accessed from two different routes. The quickest route is to hike up the Squak Mountain Connector Trail from the base of the mountain and continue up onto this trail. This is also the most direct route to reach the peak. The hike up to the peak on this section of the trail can be difficult when compared to other trails located within...
Rainbow Town Trail
Rainbow Town Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.4 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This is one of my favorite short hikes in the park. It is an easy stroll and round trip is only 1 mile long, depending on which route you take. On this trail you will see many artifacts from the mining days of the area and information on the mining activities. The best way to get to the Rainbow Town Trail is to hike in from the Wildside Trail. From...
Wilderness Creek Trail
Wilderness Creek Trail
Renton, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Moderate: 1.4 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

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 from the parking area quickly gains 1000 ft. in elevation. There are a few breaks in the elevation gain towards the middle of the trail where you will pass through Shy Bear Marsh. Along the way there are a few creek crossings...
China Creek Trail
China Creek Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The China Creek Trail starts at a service gate entrance to the right of the Cougar Mountain information booth. The trail is a short .3 mile trail on a wide, gravel, park service road. Once you get past the service gate you will begin walking South on the gravel road. The trail starts out fairly flat, on your left you will see a grass clearing. There...
Bagley Seam Trail
Bagley Seam Trail
Bellevue, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.2 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The official trail may only be .2 miles long but to get to this trail you will have to hike in using one of two different routes, via Red Town Trail or Wildside Trail. The total distance travelled round trip will be about 3/4 of a mile from the Red Town parking area. This trail is a nice part of the coal mining history that can be found at Cougar...
Wilderness Peak Trail
Wilderness Peak Trail
Renton, Washington, United States (25 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.4 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This is the highest point within the Cougar Mountain Park. To get here you can take either the Wilderness Creek Trail or the Wilderness Cliffs Trail. The hike up to this point can be a challenge where you will encounter a steep climb and at times, rocky terrain. The final stretch to the peak is a gentle short climb where you can rest and relax. On...
Deceiver Trail
Deceiver Trail
Renton, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
Easy: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The Deceiver Trail is a great hike located in the southern portion of Cougar Mountain. While this trail is an easy hike, getting here will be a bit of a challenge .To get here you will have to make your way up the Wilderness Peak Trail and over the Long View Peak. This trail starts at the top of Long View Peak; make your way down the trail towards...
Ring Road Trail
Ring Road Trail
Renton, Washington, United States (24 miles away)
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

This short trail is located in between the Wilderness Peak and Longview Peak. You will hike down a gentle trail through a ravine leading out of the Cougar Mountain Park. The trail is short but does offer some great views of open forested spaces. This trail can also be used by horseback riders; the trail is narrow in spots so use caution if you have...
Squak Mountain Connector Trail
Squak Mountain Connector Trail
Renton, Washington, United States (25 miles away)
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Often when hiking on this trail I find myself alone. Not because the trail is not worth hiking but because it is not well known. If you are hiking on the Southside of Cougar Mountain many hikers opt to start out from the paved parking area located a few hundred feet west, to make their trek to the mountain peak via the Wilderness Creek Trail. You can...
Long View Peak Trail
Long View Peak Trail
Coalfield, Washington, United States (25 miles away)
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The Long View Peak Trail is a short trail that begins at the peak of the Wilderness Creek Trail. It is a very short trail that will lead you towards the Doughty Falls found a short distance away on the Deceiver Trail. Most of the elevation gain is behind you now. There is little elevation gain or loss on this trail despite the fact that you will...
Poo-Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Poo-Poo Point via Chirico Trail
Issaquah, Washington, United States (26 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Popular site for hiking, paragliding and hang gliding

The Chirico Trail is a lovely spot located just off of I-90 in Issaquah. It is conveniently located and after about 700 feet of elevation the noise from any roads disappears. It is easy to reach and leaves the user in the forest and forgetting how close I-90 and Highway 18 are for most of the trail. The south launch area allows the users to have lovely...
Indian Trail
Indian Trail
Bellevue, Washinton, United States (24 miles away)
Easy: 1.2 miles, 1 hour or less
Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The Indian Trail has a lot to offer on a short hike. There are several other trails that branch off from this trail which can provide numerous short hikes or for a full day of site seeing. To access the Indian Trail you can hike down the Red Town Trail from the main parking area or from the 171st street cul-de-sac. If you are not looking for a full...
Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park
Seattle, Washington, United States (30 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
One of Seattle’s most beloved parks. This hike loops around Green Lake.

Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago. Dredgings of Green Lake have produced volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak that occurred about 6,700 years ago. The lake was included in the Olmsted Brothers’ comprehensive parks plan, and was given to the...