From Mount Everest to Cougar Mountain

Look for the new trail signs at Cougar Mountain
Look for the new trail signs at Cougar Mountain

Join King County Executive Dow Constantine and climbing legend Jim Whittaker tomorrow as we unveil the new trail signs at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 12 noon
Wilderness Peak Trailhead
10245 Renton-Issaquah Rd. SE, Issaquah

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Whittaker-Gombu ascent of Mount Everest, when Mr. Whittaker, a Seattle native, became the first American to summit Earth’s highest mountain. It was also Mr. Gombu’s first ascent of Everest; a few years later, he became the first person to conquer Mount Everest for a second time.

The Wilderness Creek Trail and the Wilderness Peak Trail will together be known as the 1.9-mile Jim Whittaker Wilderness Peak Trail, and the 1.3-mile Wilderness Cliffs Trail will become the Nawang Gombu Wilderness Cliffs Trail. These two trails are some of the park’s most popular, with an average of more than 100 hikers per day.

Want to go for a hike? Download the Cougar Mountain trails map.

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