During a lull in the Northwest rain I was looking for a new trail and found one! It was more than bargained for but rewarding.
Cougar Mountain has a lot to offer so I drove out the Issaquah-Renton Highway until I found the first small parking lot. Off I set with Ci Ci on a nice steep incline.
At the top of the first incline I walked through a little valley complete with a boardwalk which elevated us above a muddy bog.
I eventually reached the top to find a bench that was just created last year. It has a cryptic saying : "May You Find Inner Peace, Tranquility and Safety on the Trails. Follow the Path to Bushido".
Of course this leads to another path; the path to finding the meaning of Bushido. The way of the warrior...which according to http://thebushidocode.com/ are rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty.
Now the hike worked the body and fed the mind and spirit. As I said, rewarding...
As usual I tried to get a good track with the iPhone GPS and it tried to keep up although lost us in a couple of places. Here is a map-link to our hike and a link to pnwhikes.com where one can find more details.
The bench is on the top of the hill to the right of the track, although the GPS wasn't able to follow us there. The trail was easy to follow and well signed.