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Ascent of Cougar Mountain-Anti Aircraft Peak on 2015-04-04

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Saturday, April 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cougar Mountain-Anti Aircraft Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:1486 ft / 452 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was looking for a fairly close, easy trail with a view for quick hike on Saturday afternoon. The route description for Anti-Aircraft peak, with six miles and just a few hundred feet of elevation gain, sounded just about right. Unfortunately I didn't pay close enough to where the starting point of said route was, and instead just plugged "Anti-Aircraft Peak" into Google Maps and followed it to the trailhead. Turns out the Anti-Aircraft Peak trailhead is AT Anti-Aircraft Peak, rather than the beginning of the trail one would hike to get there! Whoops :-/

Despite my blunder of parking at our intended destination, the dog and I had a great hike around Cougar Mountain Regional WIldland Park, including some great views of Seattle, Bellevue, and the Olympics from some as-yet-undeveloped multigazillion dollar lots on Radio Peak.

The brochure maps that were available at the parking lot were a great help in navigating the park. We hiked along several trails and didn't see anyone except at the parking area, despite it being a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon. Very quiet, very pleasant. It was kinda eerie being in the middle of such a dense urban sprawl and yet having a really peaceful walk in the woods. There were some muddy spots and a few bugs out, but not enough of either to be a problem.
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