It’s snowy on the mountains, so I took a leisurely hike on the Coal Creek Falls trail on Cougar Mountain, a local hike below the snow line. The trail had very little elevation gain. Though the falls were not as impressive as, say, Snoqualmie Falls, I still appreciated having some kind of rewarding view at the end of the hike.
I took a different trail for the way back. There used to be a coal mine on Cougar Mountain, and I passed by a humble exhibit on the history of the coal mine. There was a closed off mine shaft, an old mine cart, and a board with some placards about the mining operation.
Cougar Mountain has numerous crisscrossing trails, and it’s so close! I’ll be sure to return on a lazy day.