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Deceiver Trail

Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
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Overview:  The Deceiver Trail is a great hike located in the southern portion of Cougar Mountain. While this trail is an easy hike, getting here ... more »

Tips:  How to get here:

From I-90, take exit 15 and head south on Highway 900 for 3.3 miles. The trailhead marker will be on your right, see... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start of Deceiver Trail

The Deceiver Trail starts at the top of Long View Peak. To get here you will hike up the Wilderness Creek Trail, onto the Long View Peak Trail, and finally to the Deceiver Trail.

2. Overgrown Trail

The beginning of the trail starts of in a dense forest of giant ferns and Douglas fir trees. You will see many downed trees along the way but the trail has been well maintained. Nearly all of the downed trees have been cleared from the trail.

3. Wooden Bridge

This short wooden bridge will lead you over the small creek. The creek is the source to the Doughty Falls up ahead. The falls are the smallest waterfalls of the three located within the park. The amount of water flow you see while crossing the creek will be a good indicator of how large the waterfall will be further down the trail.

4. Doughty Falls

This is the marker leading the way down to the Doughty Falls. The falls are down a short trail leading to a small viewing area. The falls on most days are barley a trickle, I would visit this waterfall only if it has been raining heavily over the past couple days.

5. Fields of Ferns

This is the final leg of the trail which will be a gentle downhill trek. Shortly up ahead will be the junction point with Shy Bear Pass.

6. Shy Bear Junction

Here you will come to a "T" in the path. Both directions will lead you down the Shy Bear Trail. To the left you can follow the trail to the western part of Cougar Mountain and an overlook area where you can see the skyscrapers in downtown Bellevue. If you head to your right you will continue through the Shy Bear Marsh and form a loop... More