People come from all over the world to hike to Cougar Rock, watch the sunset, and see the full moon! These amazing hikers (and a couple of dogs) are guided by ARTA Docents up to the top of Cougar Rock and treated to spectacular sunsets!
These guided Dave Edney Memorial Sunset Hikes to Cougar Rock are scheduled near the full moon from May through October. Check out our Events Calendar at this link to find out when the next hike is scheduled
Here are the particulars you’ll want to know: The hike is a loop about 4 miles total, with 900 feet of elevation gain. Arnold Rim Trail Association docents guide the hike to the top of Cougar Rock to watch the sunset. No sign-up needed, hike proceeds even if cloudy, but rain cancels. Bring layers, snack, water, bug repellent and flashlight (return hike is in the dark). If you use walking sticks, please bring them, because about a quarter of a mile of the return downhill hike is rutted. We gather at the trail head parking area about one hour and forty five minutes before sunset, and depart promptly one and a half hours before sunset. If you haven’t done one of these hikes, you owe yourself the treat, they are special!