Ascent of Cougar Peak on 2013-07-13

Climber: Bob Bolton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cougar Peak
    Elevation:7919 ft / 2413 m

Ascent Trip Report

I found the route description on the Cougar Mountain page at to be a bit confusing. Here's the text:

To the Summit
From the trailhead, follow the road to a pass at 6800 feet. The road continues to the summit (take a right), but there are signs that point to a hikers shortcut trail about 300 feet up the road. Take a left onto the hikers trail and follow it to the summmit. According to the trailhead sign, the total walking distance to the summit is 3.5 miles.

Here's how I would describe the same thing:

From the trailhead, follow the road until it breaks out into the open area near the 6900+' saddle. Find a rock cairn on the right side of the road, and you will readily see an old road track on the right. Follow this road for a short distance east until you encounter a couple of signs. The sign on the left indicates a hiking trail going left. At first I didn't see the trail, but shortly it became apparent. The old track is not maintained, but it was easy enough to follow all the way to the summit. My GPS track only shows my downhill route, and it is only about 3 miles one way.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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