In the summer of 2014, the Bailey Butte fire burned through this area and much of the damage is still visible. Many charred trees are still standing and there are areas of significant erosion along the trail.
In the fall of 2014, the Forest Service spent several days completing log out of the trail and attempting to re-secure areas of erosion. It is anticipated that trees will continue to fall the next several years and log-out work will be required regularly. Please be aware when visiting this area as not all hazards can be mitigated.
Trail description from the US Forest Service website.
Check out the Cougar Creek Trail video and photos from Travis Holman.