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.
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.
amazing! Trail head was easy to locate and there was an abundance of signs to inform you along the way. Trail is moderate for the first .5 miles, steep and a few switchbacks. After that it is beautiful, quiet and a great way to unwind. My two dogs had no problem and they are 10 and 8. Shout out to the people who maintain that area!!!!!
This is a SOFT as$ trail for SOFT as$ people. I was left without the squad for this one and was stuck with my lame boring family. I could've killed this trek in under 30min if it weren't for them slowing me down. To make matters worse, my family didn't even let me take beers for the trail:
Me: "Mom, can I bring some Mikes' for the hike?"
Mom: "No, son. This is a family event. That's ridiculous."
Me: "Mom, I'm in college. I DRINK."
It was to no avail. The hike sucked. There were breathtaking towering ferns and many lovely native flora, however. Overall rating: NOT LIT.