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    Shy Bear Trail

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    8.0 km
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    266 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Shy Bear Trail is one of the most-used trails on the south side of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The trails on this end of the park are less used, so you might be able to enjoy a quieter experience. You can either hike this 8.0 km moderately difficult trail on its own or combine it with others for a loop. The Indian, Shy Bear, and Quarry Trail is a good option if you want to do so.

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    Route Description for Shy Bear Trail

    The Shy Bear Trail is a moderately difficult hike in Cougar Mountain. It requires some inclines and descents, but it’s still suitable for string beginners and older children. Enjoy the lushness of the forest and the waterfalls and creeks that appear after it rains.

    Beginning from the trailhead, take Licorice Fern Trail. At the first junction, go left onto Indian Trail. At the split, go right onto Shy Bear. You can take a quick trip up to the left to the Far Country Lookout before continuing on. At the Y-junction, stay left. The trail continues to Shy Bear Pass, where it terminates. Either turn back and retrace your steps or keep exploring.

    Getting to the Shy Bear Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Shy Bear Trail is off SE Licorice Way.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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