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Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,545-acre, day-use park just outside of Issaquah and a short 15-minute drive from Seattle. The forested park features miles of trails in wilderness solitude for both equestrians and hikers alike.

hiking
6 days ago

8/13/2018 (Monday) - It's so quiet on this cool weekday morning. No car at the trailhead at 9:15. Temperature is 10 degrees lower than outside the woods. A pleasant hike in this environment. It's 3 miles to the Central Peak via Eastside Trail.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a bit of a meh hike. Other trails in area have better payout for elevation gain. Well marked, trail in good condition. Trailhead had about six cars in addition to mine. Passed three small groups. Felt alone most of hike.

24 days ago

The map that is associated with this hike takes you to the straight up and back, not the loop. We didn’t make it to the top as it started to get really hot and we knew we entered from the wrong trail head. Discovery pass is required which we didn’t know being new to the area. It was a beautiful hike but water was dried up. Not a soul on the trail which was a little strange but all in all it was a good work out if nothing else.

Wasn’t really a fan of the really skinny trail and that it was basically right off the street the entire time so it took away from that “in nature”’feeling I love so much.

Most of the elevation is towards the last .5 mi of the hike and that hit the dogs hard, especially the older smaller one.

However, the fireplace is really pretty neat and I like the picnic tables set up there, it was nice to stop and take a snack and water break with the dogs.

I would still do it again.

Lovely flora!
Easy to moderate hike. Peaceful. Not very busy. Lots of views of........trees! Big-leaf maple, Douglas fir, redwood/cedar,
Lots of blackberries, huckleberry, salmon berry, barberry (look a bit like blueberries), elderberry
Common holly, western sword fern, lady’s fern
Lady’s glove, large tree fungus, henbit dead-nettle,
Spiders, bumblebees, black slugs
Only a few mosquitoes in a few spots. No bites.
Beautiful moss and lichen covered boulders
Get Google Lens app if you can. It’s fun!

Trail is all gradual uphill around the last half mile it gets kinda hard because your going steep up but it it worth it! I would consider this moderate not easy depending on you. The woods toward the fireplace are very beautiful reminds me of a fairytale.

Nice hike and few people.

Nice trail, too much gravel road incorporated into the loop for my tastes. Good cardio close to town. Midweek afternoon and I saw only 3 other people until I was approaching the parking lot at the end

Really peaceful hike. Didn’t see a soul.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite short hikes to do on a weekday evening after work. Trail is well maintained and the fireplace at the end is so interesting. Gets fairly steep in parts but it is definitely manageable.

This was a great family hike. The scenery was enough to keep the kids (ages 8,6,4) engaged and going. Trail was well marked and well maintained. It was pretty crowded which was the only real downside.

Lovely. Hardly anyone else on the trail — so very peaceful, too. Definitely check out Debbie’s View (a great spot for lunch/snack and reflection) before heading back.

Couldn't find a parking area that looked legit. Otherwise, nice trail.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Good steady pace with moderate inclines.

hiking
4 months ago

3/20/2018 (Tuesday) - The eastern route of the loop is quite different from what the AllTrails map shows, and OCM is more accurate. It becomes substantially longer, but more gently grading with switchbacks for horses. I moved very slow up, had lunch at the chair at the eastern tip of the switchback, missed the right fork to Phil's Connector after crossing the bridge.

Awesome hike. Beautiful trails that are very well taken care of and very clearly marked. Would definitely hike this spot again!

Mostly incline, but manageable. Nice tranquil hike, well maintained, well marked, no bathroom facilities. Parking off road.

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.

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!

Was challenging and fun. Next time I’ll do the loop in reverse. Snow was slippery near the summit, without poles I wouldn’t have made it up. Watch out for horse poop.

Not sure what the actual miles on this loop , watch is showing 10.3

Trail runner friendly! Meandering route for sure smooth and mostly non technical and groomed

Great loop run. Trail in good shape for this time of year.

Trail in good condition for February. A couple down trees.

Great year round hike on a cloudy day. Not too far from the city and easy to get to. Good for all skill levels because of the connecting trails. You can make it as long or challenging as you want. Easy to follow signage, but helpful to bring a trial map with you. Not much to see for views. The trail was muddy in a few spots, but nothing more than to be expected this time of year. Saw 1 down tree over the trail, but easy to cross.

New May valley loop/Phill's creek connector? In great shape , new trail unnamed.

Went on this hike in a little bit of a drizzle and although the trails are a little hard to figure out from the signs. A little common sense and it’s pretty easy to navigate. There are lots of nice creek areas and little bridges and a beautiful fern forest. It was really nice for beginner hikers because it was not too long and although there were inclines it wasn’t excessive but it did get my heart rate up! I wish I had a nice trail like this close to me.

It’s a nice hike close to town. No viewpoints but nice and wild nature

Nice hike in general. Like other reviewers said, in the beginning it’s confusing with the signs. But it also gives you a chance on learning maps! You can pick up a paper one at the beginning. Beautiful forest, waterfall is pretty chill, good place to relax and meditate. Recommend.
P.s Discover pass needed!

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