Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is the gem of King County’s park system. Close to Bellevue, Renton, Newcastle and Issaquah, Cougar Mountain Park provides a variety of trails and experiences. Located in the “Issaquah Alps,” Cougar Mountain Park preserves important wildlife habitat while offering ample opportunities for recreation. The park covers 3,100 acres and features diverse habitats, including mature second growth forests; streams and wetlands; and cliffs, talus and caves. Included in the park are former Nike missile sites that were active in the 1950s and early 1960s to protect the region from potential air attacks. More information on the park, including directions to trailheads, can be found at kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/inventory/cougar.aspx.