Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,545-acre, day-use park just outside of Issaquah and a short 15-minute drive from Seattle. The forested park features miles of trails in wilderness solitude for both equestrians and hikers alike.
this trail is gorgeous for a fall hike , did the small interpertive trail to warm , followed may valley loop but continued to the top thru many inclines and bridges , the last trek to central peak from the backside is intense , be prepared. followed the gravel road down , total elevation 2300ft and 5.9mile loop.
Quiet beautiful hike to the peak however don't expect a look out, it telephone poles. It's a great route to traverse and detox, ponder, run, walk. We only stumbled upon signs for phil's trail almost to the peak. We kept to central peak trail. We walked the road back. Dog friendly
The different parts of the trails vary in quality significantly. The first third from the trail head is the most groomed and the most beautiful with lots of cedar in all of its natural glory. In other parts the trails narrow to less than a foot wide with overgrowth on either side; including lots of stinging nettles! In these places the trails are ungroomed, uneven with lots of small rocks. It is also very steep in places; mostly on these lesser groomed trails. Wearing hiking boots would be much more comfortable than walking shoes through these area.
The trail signs are confusing in places, not pointing in the direction they are referring to. I can't confirm this, but it seems like the distances on the signs are inaccurate as well.
The summit is not exactly a prize; a series of transmission antennas and equipment surrounded by a chain link fence. There is a narrow view of Seattle through the trees from this vantage point. The beauty of this trail is in the journey itself; especially the first third.
If you go beyond that, consider wearing pants or long socks to avoid the stinging nettles.