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Wildside Trail - De Leo Wall Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 07 April 2014
Length: 4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 350 ft
Highest Point: 950 ft
Location: N 47° 32.090, W 122° 7.728
Connecting Trails: Indian Trail
Marshall's Hill Trail
Visitor’s Information:

Family friendly; Dogs allowed on leash

Hours: The park is open year around from 8:00AM to Dusk

Pictures below will take you on a virtual hike! Enjoy views of May Valley, Mount Rainier and the city of Renton from De Leo Wall Loop Trail.

General Information:

Photo from King County, Issaquah, Wildside Trail - De Leo Wall TrailThe De Leo Wall Trail is considered to be one of the most beautiful, scenic and family-friendly trails in the western part of Cougar Mountain. This scenic trail on a clear day offers wonderful views of the city of Renton and Mount Rainier.

The quickest way to get to the viewpoint is to take Wildside Trail and then choose either the De Leo Wall Trail or Marshall’s Hill Trail. Both routes will surely take to the De Leo viewpoint.

 This five-mile loop trail is perfect for families with kids, it only gains 1,100 feet, but be sure your children follow you.

Photo from King County, Issaquah, Wildside Trail - De Leo Wall Trail

There are lots of turns, twists and forks along these trails, so, please, pay attention to the signs.

Start hiking from the parking lot and take Wildside Trail (W1). The trail is well-maintained. In about a mile, turn right on the De Leo Wall Trail, which is marked as W9. The main goal on this trail is the viewpoint; in order to get there you need to go left at the viewpoint trail junction. The De Leo Viewpoint offers beautiful views of the area.

If you hike with kids, it is recommended from this point taking the upper trail that takes you back. Enjoy alders and hemlocks along the way. On the junction turn left, and continue on Marshall’s Hill Trail.

Photo from King County, Issaquah, Wildside Trail - De Leo Wall TrailIt should be said that Cougar Mountain has a very interesting industrial history. In 1863, coal was discovered in this area. Over the next hundred years, mining was the main industry of the region. Eleven million tons of coal were pulled out from the mines, but in 1963 all of them were closed. Even today while hiking the trails, visitors will see traits of the mining industry.

Visitors should keep in mind that no bikes are allowed here, the pets should be on leash. It is also important to stay on the trails and be careful around any mine openings.

These pictures were taken on April 2, 2014

Directions:

From I-90:

Take Exit 13 and turn right at the stop sign. Continue to drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for about 3.1 miles. The Red Town Trailhead parking lot will be on the left. The parking area is available for 25-30 cars; additional parking is situated on the left to the entrance.

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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