Though it took me six months to delibarate rather to post this little peak or not, I have been checking SummitPost around and I have finally decided that it was the proper time to give this peak a write up. Though small, Cedar Mountain, also known as Echo Mountain is quite an interesting cinder cone remanant located just east of Renton, Washington. It is the noticable bump when viewed from either from either the downtown Seattle skyscraper or some of the neighboring Issaquah Alps. It features two peaks, the west peak being the true summit and a decent network of trails that travel around the two peaks.
This summit is made for those rehabing, or people trying to get themselves conditioned for larger mountains. It is a good peak to take a newbie on, especially if there is a timeline. The woods here make for a pleasant walk even on warmer days. The added bonus here is that there are not too many people who know about Cedar (Echo) Mountain so chance are you will not be sharing the mountain with many people. In bad weather this peak can make for a good bailout or if you are in a rush this is good way to spend an hour in the woods.
As for the summit, on a clear day this mountain provides good views of Mount Rainier to the south. To get to the summit from Spring Lake Drive take the gated dirt road up almost a mile. There will be a trail on your right clearly marked Peak Trail. Take the Peak Trail up (do not devert of on the side trail) and keep up the trail. The summit is off to your left. The total roundtrip is 3 miles roundtrip with under 600 feet of elevation gain so expect to spend maybe an hour or so here.