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nature trips
14 hours ago

Very beautiful trail but since it branches so often I strongly suggest someone install trail markers and a map at the parking lot. I got magnificently lost.

Mountain bikers would love the side trails

Enjoyed this trail and the beach at the end.

hiking
6 days ago

Myself and 3 kids did this hike this morning before the rain hit. The kids loved the bridges and bird watching. The trail isn't really marked but it's obvious. We met many friendly people along the way and felt very comfortable. I'm not in great shape but had no issues in my sneakers. Some parts of the trail are narrow from washouts but still easily traversed. We will be back!

More of an easy trail out the water. Very peaceful walk but can be pretty busy depending when you go - the walk out to the water is mostly downhill but going back to your car is a slight incline. Otherwise this is my favorite hike!

Beautiful trail with a stunning view of the Sound. Pretty easy hike.

Nice hike, initial gain, then meanders for a bit. Huge puddle on trail, so was good time to head back. Look forward to hiking it again in the summer and getting to trailend.

Great trail. Kid and dog friendly. Pretty easy hike with great views.

My kids loved it, my husband and I loved it, it was beautiful!

hiking
23 days ago

A great trail. From the trailhead to Debbie's point is 8 miles roundtrip. A strenuous hike, and I recommend hiking poles, they will come in handy here.

This was a quick and easy walk. Hardly any one else out on the trail so it was nice and peaceful.

hiking
29 days ago

Well maintained trail. Nicely marked and had some great viewpoints along the way. Went on a rainy cloudy day, will definitely need to go on a clear day.

The trail is nice and the woods are peaceful but there are no good vantage points to see the valleys below and at the top you run into a cluster of 3 cell phone towers , the big reward for your climb. I would say this is a great trail for a run or to just get outside but if you want scenery try somewhere else.

This was a beautiful hike/walk. Lots of small trails off the main trail. I got lost for a second trying to get back to the main trail but found my way back. I followed the trail map from here most of the way as not to end up on a different trail. All in all a great place to visit and i plan to go back again.

This was a great trail and I really enjoyed my walk/hike today on it! It’s is mostly unpaved with a paved section that follows downsize a running creek. The day was beautiful, but with the trail sort of going down, what I would call a crevasse between to higher sections filled with trees, it stayed a little chilly. It was totally worth the hike down and the beautiful sound waterfront end was a magnificent reward! It was lightly traveled today and I pretty much had the long stretch of beach to myself and my dog. I would say this more an easy trail and believe the intermediate rating is because your hike going back is all uphill. I would consider it a little strenuous for an older out of shape person but it is definitely easily doable and gives you that accomplished feeling. My tracker showed my walk at 3.10 miles from start to end. Trail starts at a weird location next to the building on the left.

walking
1 month ago

There’s so much to do at this trail. You can walk around the paved trail with kids on their bicycles or skates, or you can hit the more wooded trails and discover more nature scenes. There is a few fun bridges to find and lots of beautiful scenery to “get lost” in. Can’t believe this park is in the middle of Tacoma!

Nice easy trail, relaxing with great views.

Short easy trail. Good for kids and strollers.

Well maintained easy to moderate hike. The waterfalls were nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with things to see along the way! The huge Talus rocks were amazing and saw a beautiful waterfall as well. Not a difficult hike at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy “hike” on well kept trails. Lots and lots of intersections that we kept going the wrong way on, but we ran into a nice hiker who showed us how to get up to the viewpoint... this was the only part of the walk that actually felt left like a hike. We were there on a cloudy day, so didn’t get to see Mt Rainier... will def go back on a day with better visibility.

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike that’s fun and gives a neat view at the top. Our toddler walked most of it. A little muddy in spots but not bad.

Wouldn’t rate as moderate. Very easy walk. 3 miles round trip. Pretty cool scenery. Nice little beach area.

Great hike today.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike that I highly recommend with a partner. I don’t recommend single female hikers as some of the people on the trail seem a little shady and a few smoking pot. The trail is an average challenge which is great for beginners and a great trail to practice on. It is a quiet scenic trail, very few people on a weekends and even quieter during the week. I plan on using this trail as my training trail for a big backpack trip this summer. I think the average person will be surprised by all the beauty.

nature trips
1 month ago

It’s a decent trail. Mainly creeksode walking. Random sitting benches. One recommendation would be to put a honey bucket or some sort of restroom somewhere along the trail for those of us who like being hydrated... but at the end of the trail is a great view of sea life and the water. Sunset is beautiful on a nice day.

My friends and myself reached at the Squak Mountain State Park around 8:00am. Had little difficulty in finding the Parking Lot as there were 2 roads leading to the State Park, but only one of them had the Parking Lot. The Parking Lot had only 1 couple of vehicles. There was a 0.1 mile hike from the Parking Lot to the May Valley Loop Trailhead.

The initial part of the Trail was much flatter and we doubted whether there was any elevation gain at all. Then the trail split to 2 paths and we chose the left hoping to cover the loop in clockwise direction. This was unlike the Loop described but we took it anyways. We met many people hiking down the trail when we were hiking up. Then there was a steep elevation gain for less than 0.1 mile, but that was the steepest along the entire trail, which gave us a relief that we didn't hike it down rather we were hiking up at the steep (as it is a loop trail). There are many diverging paths from this trail, but the trails were properly marked to guide in the right direction. We reached the Bullitt George Trail and then we saw the Bullitt Fireplace. We lost some elevation after that, and there was another ascend to the Central Peak.

The Central Peak didn't have any view, which was a little upset. There were some Communication Antenna Towers and it was surrounded by Pine trees which blocked the view. We started our descend which started on the Access Road.

After 0.2 mile, we had a board which took we took to join back the trail rather than continuing on the Access Road. This side of the Loop was suitable for trail running which made our descend a little more faster. After sometime, we reached a stop where there was a right turn to a bridge which would take You to the Squak Valley Park, but we continued left. We reached the Access Road again. There were 2 other boards which led back to the other trail, and we took the second one which took us to the first deviation we which took during our ascend. And finally we made it back to the Parking Lot by 12:00 noon.

Now the Parking Lot was almost full compared to morning. Now there were other people who were just getting ready to start their hike. Its a good warmup hike, but nothing much of a view. Even the Park had green bushes and trees with mosses, but nothing staggering for a second time hike. Not sure about the other trails which was getting deviated from the Loop Trail though and the other 2 peaks - West Peak & SouthEast Peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Really fun trail! Hard to find at first since its a trail with in a trail! But the rocks were cool!

A nice trail for a short outing. About 3 miles round trip and not difficult. There are even a couple of benches along the way if you wanted to rest. It ends right on the Sound with beautiful views. It's definitely one we will do again. Great for families. We plan on going back in the summer.

walking
1 month ago

I really like this park and there is more to see than just walking the mostly paved trail around the lake. Take a venture to the white pillars, walk around the beautiful waterfall towards the dog parks. There is a very cool pipeline trail that I had no idea was there and it was very cool to experience.

Such an underrated hike with a huge payoff at the top. Breathtaking views of Mt Rainer.

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