Margaret's Way Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Margaret's Way Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles 1896 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

Margaret's Way opened on June 6, 2015, National Trail Day in Cougar/Squak Corridor. Built by local volunteers working with WTA and a King County Parks backcountry trails crew, the new trail honors Margaret MacLeod, a park planner for numerous local, state and federal agencies, whose long career resulted in the preservation of hundreds of acres of acres of land along Issaquah Creek and the Squak and Tiger mountain uplands. Beginning from the Squak Mountain Lodge, the trail heads through the parking and camping area using old access and logging roads before becoming true trail. Roads once laced the upper reaches of the mountain, but these are now mostly overgrown with moss-laden bigleaf maple, cedar, western hemlock, and a few Douglas-fir, thanks in part to MacLeod's work to preserve this area. Once you step onto the trail itself, you'll wend your way along a hillside, continuing on a moderate grade through green underbrush and silent sentinel trees to Debbie's View, a delightful lookout point with views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding foothills.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice hike in the woods with good elevation. There is some ice and snow on the ground and can be slick at times but no need for spikes.

20 days ago

Had a great hike today up Margaret's Way to Debbie's View. The trail was in pretty good condition. However, were areas of mud towards the mid section of the hike. Then it turned in to snow towards the top.

Saw only a few people while heading up, but on my way down I saw many more heading up.

I do recommend this hike, especially on a clear day when you will have a great view of Mt. Rainier from Debbie's View.

hiking
21 days ago

12/25/2016 (Sunday) -- A mostly sunny Christmas Day, 32-36F, no wind. Snow covers upper part of the trail to Debbie's View. Meet 8 groups of people. Muddy in the middle section. The trail has become much mature as compared with the condition 14-16 months ago (my previous visits were Aug and Oct 2015).

hiking
26 days ago

trail running
28 days ago

I just ran on this trail earlier today. The trail was dry and perfect to run on. Definitely not the best views but I loved running on this trail, and I caught a glimpse of the sun setting. I also got a nice surprise when I got back to the trailhead. My car got broken into and my driver's window was smashed in. They stole some of my personal property, but surprisingly, all of the expensive hiking gear in my trunk wasn't touched. Like I said, I enjoyed this trail, but since my car got broken into, I had to give it a low rating. People suck.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a really nice hike. It's pretty steep to start, levels off, and then gets steep up to the top. Once you reach the end of Margaret's Way Trail, it's definitely worth it to go a little further to Debbie's Point for the view.

2 months ago

Great hike- peaceful forest, patches of occasional sunshine and nice view of rainier and tree tops. First mile is 950 gain. Switchbacks are cut in well and give a steady-but-not-killer incline though. From parking lot to Debbie's View is 8.5 mi round trip and 2000 gain. They technically say the trail starts a bit after the parking lot

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful Hike, certainly not a beginner's hike. Lot of birds and chipmunks can be spotted. I believe I came across the resident spotted owl. View from Debbie's view if wonderful. Pristine forest and quite makes it worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

A fabulous hike but not for beginners. It feels as if there's three starts to the trail because you go up then level then up again and so on. But then you really go up. However, it's worth every mile. Quiet forest with a truly away from everything feel and great views.

4 months ago

Trail is practically empty during the week. Peaceful trek through the woods. Ran across a little gardener snake, and a few muddy spots on the trail but otherwise smooth sailing, and quite well-maintained. There's moderate hills and incline that get the heart pumpin'. Definitely go to Debbie's viewpoint, it's beautiful and there's a bench to sit, relax and take in the scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful forest, but there's not too much variation in the landscape, and the view at the end was a little anticlimactic. Still, very peaceful, and you'll see all kinds of critters.

Starts uphill; about halfway through there's an extended level/downhill section to let you catch your breath, and then the climbing begins again in earnest until you reach the end.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

For those who like a little peace. Gradual moderate incline. Good workout. Bear sightings couple of months ago.

These lines came to my mind, and I am not even a poet

There deep in the forest
Amongst the old trees
Where silence and rustling leaves talked
whispered and laughed
oblivious
To a grateful man and his wonderment

5 months ago

The hike offers a gradual incline, a really good workout. It is not crowded and has also had a bear siting. It's a very wooded trail with no landmarks so tends to drag on a little bit.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike!!! Make sure you bring enough water. It is a nice climb all the way up. Take time to enjoy the view and your surroundings. Will do again!!! 7/25/16

6 months ago

The trail was great except for some muddy patches. It is very well marked so no worries about getting lost. There are not any expansive views like there are with some trails but the trees and other plant life is gorgeous. Probably my favorite part was how shaded it is. All in all it was a beautiful hike that will give you a moderately challenging workout.

6 months ago

it was a beautiful forest but unfortunately the end point isn't so rewarding as far as some sort of view or mountain point.