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Local-area day hikes to summits or waterfalls we could do that are easy to moderate difficulty.

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We did this hike on 3/18/18 and loved it! No snow on the ground. Benches conveniently placed for resting. Most people gave up after the Lower Falls so the higher you go, the less people you see.

What an amazing view!!!!! It was a great hike to the top!

Our favorite trail in seattle. Nice lake. It gets busy specially on weekends. Finding a parking spot is very challenging. Super dog friendly. Most of the dogs are off leash. Gets really muddy so wear proper footwear. Also you can hangout and chill on the cliffs. It has a few good spots.

I loved the hike and the view but it was very busy today and it's Monday

Great hike! The views are amazing and it is fun to watch the paraglider.

Such a beautiful hike! My friend and I love it!

Easy hike definitely not moderate. Only downside was it was not well marked but we didn't have too much issue navigating. Muddy. Pretty falls.

Beautiful hike. We can hear the pleasant sound of water falls all along the hike. You’ll see lower falls, middle falls, and upper falls. We went up to middle falls and Valley overlook. There’s also a bike path all the way to upper falls.

A short, relatively easy hike with a big payoff! The views were better than we expected and Rattlesnake Lake was turquoise green from the top. Took us about 45 minutes up. Trail was in great condition, and there are pit toilets at the park below. The only negative part of the hike for me was the trial etiquette. Lots of music blaring (instead of enjoying the sounds of nature), litter on the trail, and loud hikers. People goof off at the top near the cliffs.

This hike wasn’t tough. It’s easy not moderate. Signage was really bad, went the wrong way twice. Nice stroll though. Wear boots...there is a good amount of mud and 2-3 washed out sections.

Quick and easy hike without hardly any elevation change. The falls at the end of this trail are pretty. It was moderately trafficked in the middle of the day. There are a couple spots where you need to cross the water, so be prepared for that.

It’s a long hike but the lake is beautiful. The water reflects the surroundings and it looks like a mirror.

So fun! And easy, great walk through the woods with abandoned cars along the way!

Super dog friendly! Just keep them leashed. Saw several today not leashed and owners not seeming to care that they disturbed other hikers. :/ The trail was clean, wide snd easy to navigate with a steady upward incline nearly 95% of the time. Great views from the ledge! A bit cloudy today with slight snow flurries, but it went away quickly leaving a partial view of Mt Si. Would certainly visit this trail again!

very easy hike with such a gorgeous waterfall at the end. definitely worth the free hours in and out. definitely must on spots close to the falls.

It has a new entrance since the last time we were there. Cold at the top, a little foggy but great view and we did it in record time...for us...after a knee injury and a few years removed.

I didn’t find snow on my way to the view points today, make sure to hit the trail early

8 days ago

It was an amazing hike with no snow until the DNR portion of the trail past Upper Falls.

10 days ago

Got to the parking lot around 2:00 pm and found a spot right in the main lot. Weather was gorgeous and the hike was amazing. We hiked all the way to the upper falls. No snow anywhere and not a ton of people since we went later in the afternoon. Hiking beside the river part way was refreshing and all views of the falls were breathtaking! Definitely will be going back.

Hiked up the ledge and to east point yesterday, spikes would have been helpful however I did it without. You can get by without just a little slippery towards the end. Great views and met some cool people along the way.

11 days ago

Beautiful hike! We started at 12:30, and had to park a half mile away from the parking lot (that’s what we get for sleeping in). Unusually warm day for March, so there wasn’t any snow to be seen. Pretty packed trail and there were lots of families and dogs. Beautiful forested views, with sounds from the falls as the day’s ambient noise. Worth the view when you get to the upper falls, but the lower falls view was actually our favorite.

It was a gorgeous day to be up there. From Snowqualmie it’s about 10-11 miles round trip but it’s not too bad and the elevation gain is mostly gradual. Poles are extremely help and for the best view bring snowshoes because about a mile past the Grand viewpoint is a clear cut that you can explore, it has a view of Rainier as well.

Great trail be prepared for a hike. Uphill. The scenery is amazing when u get to the top!

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.

Beautiful day!!!

Fun hike, go early to avoid massive crowding at the top..

It's definitely an easy maybe medium trail (but probably easy). The loop was nice, well signed and easy to follow. Lots of little children doing it. Leisurely!

We did this hike in early February - the falls are amazing! Great viewpoints of the falls and nice walk through the forest

This hike was great if you want to be ensconced in the beautiful trees of the PNW. Beautiful, Easy trail with some descent signs so didn’t get lost. The trail is rated as moderate but I would say it is on the easier side. (And I am not an expert hiker) We did have to cross the creek on a log...probably the most difficult part, but you can just cross easily if you don’t mind getting a bit wet.

amazing views, snow is still present at the top of the trail. I hiked it with plain boots and no spikes or poles we're needed.

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