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.

Excellent for kids

hiking
1 month ago

Nice quick cardio close to Issaquah.

hiking
3 months 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.

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.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike and few people.

Really peaceful hike. Didn’t see a soul.

hiking
5 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.

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.

hiking
8 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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 23, 2017

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.

walking
Monday, September 04, 2017

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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

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

walking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

nature trips
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!

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