Cougar Hollow



Waterfall at Cougar Hollow, photo by Nels Rasmussen, DC

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 and had a ranger station referred to as "Cougar Hollow".  This portion of the Mountain Loop Highway has since been rerouted to the west of the Sauk 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.


Waterfall at Cougar Hollow, photo by Nels Rasmussen, DC

Both portions of the remaining road are worth taking a little time to explore, the northern half is a nice walk with the Sauk River to the west and Gold Hill to the east.  Keep an eye out for some mining tunnels along this walk.  At one time during the gold rush days of Monte Cristo, Gold Hill had over 100 mining claims on it thus its name.