Big Backyard 5K: See you on the trail…or not!


We’re just 2 short months until the Big Backyard 5K…how’s your race preparation coming along? Don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to support King County Parks even if you haven’t begun to train:  just sign up for the ‘Virtual 5K’ and feel the buzz from doing something good for your Big Backyard without…

WTA + Cougar Mountain + history = knowledge


The Washington Trails Association is not only a great partner (and trail builder), but has a huge member base with a vast knowledge of local trails and history. In their latest issue of Washington Trails magazine, our friend and theirs, Abbey Wolfe wrote about some of the history of coal mining on the mountain, and…

Memorial bench on Cougar Mountain


To honor his parents, Don Mukai worked with King County Parks staff to create this lovely bench through the King County Parks Legacy Fund program. This ‘backcountry’ bench, which is adorned with an inscription from Mr. Mukai, was constructed by Cougar Mountain’s field staff using salvaged wood from trees that had fallen down in the…