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Cougar Hollow

The mossy trees along the Cougar Hollow drive, photo by Martha Rasmussen

The south end of Forest Service Rd. #22 also called North Sauk River Road is a great place to explore. At one time this was the Mountain Loop Highway but it has since been rerouted to the west of the river. Storm damage in 2006 washed out a portion of the road, disconnecting it in the middle between Sauk Prairie Bridge and White Chuck Bridge.  Both portions of the remaining road are worth taking a little time to explore, the northern half is a great history trail and the southern half once called Cougar Hollow had a Forest Service Ranger Station and campground.

The last waterfall on the Cougar Hollow drive during early springtime,
photo by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

This is a short drive and great picnic get away or to include in your Gold Hill Loop or White Chuck Ridge drive. The Scenic Cougar Hollow drive is short distance from the White Chuck Bridge taking you into mixed dense mossy forest with several cascades and smaller waterfalls flowing down from Gold Hill.  In winter when the leaves are off of the trees there are a couple of great views of the mountains.  If you plan to drive this in winter it is always recommended to check the road conditions first.   

waterfall along Forset Road #22, photo by Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

To get to Cougar Hollow, drive south from town towards the Mountain Loop Highway, and then make a left onto the White Chuck Bridge. This will put you on Forest Service Road #022. Drive past the raft launching area and rest room and up the hill about three miles. When you come to the intersection where FS #24 goes right and FS #22 goes left, keep left driving down towards the Sauk River. Shortly after passing FS #2420 you will wind downhill to FS #22 also called the North Sauk River Road.  At this intersection if you look to the left, you will see where the old road has been rerouted and there is a great spur for a primitive campsite. The North Sauk River Rd. is to your right.