American pika (Ochotona princeps) running back toward one of its haypiles (winter food caches) with a mouthful of plant material. Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming/Montana. Summer. This photo was taken in alpine setting at around 11,000 feet (3350 meters) elevation. At this elevation snow is not unusual even in late July when this image was taken.

The 365 acre Talus Native Growth Protection Area (NGPA) extends from Squak Mountain west to Cougar Mountain. The NGPA forms a natural open space area and wildlife corridor between the two mountains. There are significant trail connections into the trail systems for Squak Mountain State Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.


Quick Facts:

  • 365 Acres
  • Natural Green Space
  • Trails
    • Bear Ridge Trail provides access from SR 900 up to King County Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park (small parking area on SR 900)
    • Bullitt Access Trail provides trail access into Squak Mountain State Park and the King County open space lands (small parking area located on Mountainside Drive)


Wildlife Viewing Walking
Hiking/Trail Running


From I-90:

Exit 15, SR 900.  Proceed south on SR 900 crossing Gilman Blvd and Newport Way.  Continue south to Talus development on the right.