Wow!! Can't believe this is the 10th anniversary of the Cougar CITO! Who remembers SnoCITO in April 2008, the very first one, when we had six inches of white stuff and had to reschedule? Over the years, we've removed invasive plants from blackberry to ivy, replanted native species, maintained trails, built bridges and fences, and renovated kiosks and picnic areas. Depending on our tasks, we've gathered at most of Cougar's major trailheads, including Red Town, Sky Country, AA Peak, and Big Tree Ridge.
After one CITO, Niki McBride, Cougar's former head ranger, said: "Your group is fantastic. They are, without a doubt, the hardest-working volunteers we get." High praise, and word has spread throughout King County Parks that geocachers are good park stewards.
For our 10th-annual CITO, let's turn it up a notch and really show King County what geocachers can do!
Time and place? 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Sky Country trailhead (posted coords). Please arrive promptly, so KCP can get us organized and maximize the work time. When you RSVP, please note how many will be participating, so I can provide a head count to the Cougar folks.
Work project? We'll be removing blackberries and mulching a problem area where the Sky Country Trail intersects the Nike Horse Trail . The park wants to clear this 800-1,000 square-foot area and replant with native vegetation. This spring we'll do the removal, and this fall I'll schedule a second event for the replanting. Cougar has asked if geocachers would like to adopt this area and maintain it annually, something we can discuss at the event.
Souvenir? Yes! Everyone who logs an “Attended” for this CITO Event will receive the 2017 CITO souvenir on their Geocaching.com profile.
What to wear and bring? Long pants, boots, and water are a must. Dress to get dirty! Raingear and layers depending on weather. Bring work gloves if you have them; KCP will provide other necessary tools.
Swag? Of course! There will be geo-goodies for our hard-working participants, and since it's the 10th anniversary, the swag might be extra-special!
Vittles? Bring something to eat and drink - you'll be hungry and thirsty afterward!
Hiking and caching? Cougar Mountain has more than 70 caches! For a complete list, see the Cougar Mountain bookmark list.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is the crown jewel of King County Parks, with 3,115 acres, more than 36 miles of hiking trails, and 70+ geocaches. Bordered by Bellevue, Newcastle, and Issaquah, Cougar Mountain is a natural oasis today, but this “Issaquah Alp” has a rich mining and railroad history.
Here's a PDF version of the park map. If you use a Garmin or DeLorme GPSr, Northwest Trails could also prove helpful.