Explore the most popular birding trails in Squak Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

2 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.

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

12/11/2017 (Monday) -- Sunny winter day, dry, chilly in the morning, warm in the afternoon around 45F, especially bask in the sun at Debbie's View. Take this root up to West Peak (rarely visited by hikers) and then to Debbie's View (most popular and most frequently visited place on the Squak Mountain). It got dark very early (around 4pm). A very pleasant trip.

This is a good hike if you are liking solitude without driving forever to get there. Although be warned, the actual parking area for this trailhead is very tricky. There is basically room for one compact car, maybe two if you don’t mind being snug and it is right off of Hwy 900, just beyond the driveway to Pacific Topsoils as you’re headed toward Issaquah. A good year round trail (as are most in this area) to help keep you in shape throughout the offseason.

ok woodsy trail, constant incline on way up but not strenuous. No great views but lovely woods. Light traffic, plenty of parking, well marked.

Well kept trail, easy hike. No view but the fireplace is a milestone anyhow.

It was a wonderful forest-nature walk with little traffic over a sunny Saturday morning. Pathways are wide and easy. I hiked past many joggers and including a runner. The trail is inclined throughout the way up but be careful of the slippery slopes from the moisture because of the vegetation/forest. Also to note, there was no restrooms or trash bins.

9/23/2017 (Saturday) - Sunny morning, cool around 60F. At Debbie's View, we can't see Mt. Rainier because it is wrapped by clouds and the haze. We met a group of Korean hikers from Marysville, and many mountain runners in an event at the Fireplace.

It was a nice walking trail. Super empty and peaceful. The fireplace was neat. Highly recommend if you wake up on a Saturday at 12 and need a quick hike that's close to Seattle.

10 months ago

A great, easy summer hike. Spiderweb of trails to explore.

Decent hike and the fireplace is kind of cool... the viewpoint is disappointing though.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Great for very young children’s, otherwise skip it.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Short little trail. Great if you have little ones.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This is a nice morning hike if you have a few hours to explore and enjoy nature. As a hike it can be as easy or difficult as you want it to be. Large portions of it used to be an old road used for jeeping so it isn't the most diverse trail however the nature around can be very interesting and the layout of the mountain itself makes for a very interesting hike. It is a easy to moderate trail but you can adjust that as you set your own pace. These trails and really the whole area in general would be dog friendly and great for trail running.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The hike was great.
There's a few trails there, we actually went to Bullitt Fireplace one, if you take kids with you be ready to take a rest stops 'cause trail leads you up all the way.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Moderate trail, pretty sustained uphill to the fireplace. Wish it was interpreted, I would've loved to have known more about the fireplace.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I would consider this more of a moderate trail as it's constant uphill to the fireplace. It's nice and quiet for a Friday morning walk/hike.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Nicely maintained trail and easy to find. I would definitely say this is a moderate intensity trail. Especially for the last .6 before you get to the fireplace. No views at the top, but it was cool to see the fireplace.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

No people and a beautiful peaceful trail. Stopped at "Debbies View" were there is a great view of Rainer, other than that deep lush forest and a couple places were there was a creek for my pup to play in! ;) Easy to get lost or mixed up at the trail intersections so pay attention!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Challenging on the final 1/4 but a major letdown at the summit with weak views and an telco tower 'buzzin'

Saturday, May 14, 2016

5/14/2016 (Saturday) - This should be the easiest trail for going up to the upper part of Squak Mountain, because it starts from a high elevation as compared with other trailheads. The trail is broadest and in the best condition as compared with others. I think the Bullitt family should mainly use this path to go to their house, which now only leaves its fireplace as the landmark on the mountain. It is gently graded and has a good draining condition. The trailhead has a map produced by King County. About a dozen of cars can be parked there.

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