Squak Mountain May Valley Loop Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Issaquah, WA 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
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.
Very quiet trail, which was nice but kind of underwhelming partial view at the top. We stayed on the Peak trail which just led to cell towers at the top and a very small glimpse of the city in the distance.
waste of time!
We took our dog and it was a nice challenge for us. The first half of the trail has some pretty steep challenging areas. The summit doesn't have a view at all so I'm giving this trail 4 stars.
Hiked two months ago and didn't take the loop trail but the trail to the central Peak. The trail is not challenging and the summit is not an open place, not too much fun. But I was surprised to see a lady riding a horse on the trail.
Less crowds than tiger.... U can make many different loops here.
It was a great hike with very nice views at the top. Well worth the hike. My daughter whom is 7 enjoyed it as well.
4/27/2016 (Wednesday) -- With Wai, 8:50 - 12:30, point-to-point (not a loop) from Mountain View to May Valley with two cars, via three highlights - Central Peak, Fireplace, Debbie's View. Cloudy, 55F. 6.5 miles, 3.5 hours (including 20 minutes at Debbie's View). Can't see Mt Rainier. Trails are in good condition. Traffic is very light. Perfect solitude.
Nice hike, but not a 6 mile loop if you are going to the peak. Closer to 9 miles I would guess. We ended up doing 7 mile out and back, and turned around a mile shy of the summit according to a sign.
Not an overly difficult hike. Doesn't have the view that other trails have but it's a lot of fun because there are lots of off shoots which can give you the chance to adventure around. Doesn't seem overly popular as well.
It was a beautiful hike. Lots of different site and turns you could go to see different views. We went to Debbie's View I believe it was called. The hike got pretty intense the last 1/3 of the way, but well worth it.
It was stunning.
Hiked there yesterday, well maintained trails.