Squak Mountain May Valley Loop Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Squak Mountain State Park has a network of 13 miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of horse trails. There are multiple trailheads. The trail is accessible year-round for day-use. Dogs on leash are also able to use this trail. Squak Mountain State Park has a network of 13 miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of horse trails. There are multiple trailheads. It is a good idea to have a good map and a compass or GPS navigation device to navigate this park. Maps are available at: http://your.kingcounty.gov/ftp/gis/web/vmc/recreation/bct_cougarsquaktiger_brochure.pdf http://www.switchbacks.com/maps/PDFs/Squak_Mountain.pdf http://www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1949
I like hikes with there's no people around, so this one was pretty good. Pretty good uphill to tire you out a little bit, especially towards the end of my hike. I went about 3 1/2 miles up to some fireplace sort of near the top. It was snowy all around and a pretty tiring hike if you take it fast. Trees everywhere, the trail is very easy to follow, even in the snow. Great for my first hike in Washington.
Another one of my favorites
this awesome, but steep
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.
challenging in sections for trail running but definitely good training.