Seattle is surrounded by a tonne of national park and forests, and one of the closest is Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. We had a whole day to ourselves a couple of weekends ago, and the weather was good, so we decided to head out on a little trail trek through this park.
Why this one? Well, it’s about a half hour drive from our place! Making it easy to just get up and get there with minimal fuss. It was also down near a town that Esh was thrilled to see was called ‘Newcastle.’
As you can see, the park was quite diverse and bushy, almost like the bush back home. We mainly stayed on the Red Town, Military Road, Sky Country, Cave Hole and Coals Creek Falls trails, with a few small diversions and detours along the way.
Unfortunately, Washington is (apparently) in some kind of ‘drought’ at the moment (not the kind we’re used to) and so there was no water flowing through the park. Sadly, that meant no waterfall and no bubbling streams. Still, we managed to find a tiny bit of water in this creek.
The park also used to be some sort of coal mining town, which explains why there are signs like this all over the place. There are some cool trails further in that take you on a bit of a tour of all the old mining sites, so we’ll have to check that out next time.
Guess we won’t be driving our giant truck through here!
We only ended up trekking for about 3.5 hours – it was fairly flat, with a few uphill bits. But it was sticky and humid and we were walking pretty quickly, so we worked up a decent sweat!
The scenery was refreshing and it was great to get out of the city for a few hours and do something nature-loving together!
In conclusion – we love living so close to such a huge park area. And the great thing is, it’s not the only one! Next up: We’re thinking maybe Tiger Mountain National Forest or Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Nat Forest. Yeah!!!