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Cougar Lakes

Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410
46.8306, -121.3771 Map & Directions
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1,700 feet
Highest Point
5,400 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
House Rock above Cougar Lake. Photo by Kim Brown.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass
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Ford a river, climb through forest and end at two lakes in the heart of a wilderness area -- Cougar Lake is a gorgeous respite for hikers in the William O. Douglas wilderness. Continue reading

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Hiking Cougar Lakes

Here's a trail good for a long day-hike or a backpacking trip.

Start out by fording the wide but shallow Bumping River, then climb through forest and meadows to two lakes in the heart of the William O. Douglas Wilderness.

There are plenty of campsites at the lakes and for those with enough time, a loop around House Rock is easily done via the trail from the inlet to Big Cougar Lake, the PCT, and the American Ridge Trail back to the lakes.

Hike Description Written by
David Hagen, WTA Correspondent

Cougar Lakes

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.8306, -121.3771 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest Pass

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Mount Rainier Area > Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

Cougar Lake (#958.1)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District

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