Margaret's Way Trail to Debbie's View

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Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Margaret's Way Trail to Debbie's View is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,614 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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forest

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Beginning from the Squak Mountain Lodge, the trail heads through the parking and camping area using old access and logging roads before becoming true trail. Roads once laced the upper reaches of the mountain, but these are now mostly overgrown with moss-laden bigleaf maple, cedar, western hemlock, and a few Douglas-fir, thanks in part to MacLeod's work to preserve this area. Once you step onto the trail itself, you'll wend your way along a hillside, continuing on a moderate grade through green underbrush and silent sentinel trees to Debbie's View, a delightful lookout point with views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding foothills. Margaret's Way opened on June 6, 2015, National Trail Day in Cougar/Squak Corridor. Built by local volunteers working with WTA and a King County Parks backcountry trails crew, the trail honors Margaret MacLeod, a park planner for numerous local, state and federal agencies, whose long career resulted in the preservation of hundreds of acres of acres of land along Issaquah Creek and the Squak and Tiger mountain uplands.

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

A very nice hike through covered forest to two beautiful overlook points. Lots of mud, but also lots of wild flowers. Distancing can be tricky on some of the switchbacks.

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Great trail for being so new. Took the hike all the way up to the Bullit Fireplace trail, then ran the trail on the way down. Trail is well groomed, not packed with people and a few good views. Definitely will do this trail again since it’s close to home.

Only saw about 10 people when we went yesterday morning! Definitely get out earlier in the day though, as more people were headed up as we headed down. Debbie’s View was marvelous and well worth it. As others said it was very muddy, however, WTA (I think) was building bridges over some of the muddier areas when we passed by. I’m sure it will be much easier once they’re finished.

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

Gorgeous day for hiking! A lot of shades along the trail. Some parts of the trail are still muddy even though it hasn’t rained in the last 3 days. Debbie’s view is amazing! A very rewarding view.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. There are a couple steep portions, but nothing too strenuous. Trail was very muddy as others have posted and I opted to stop about 0.2 mi from Debbie's View because of it. The trail isn't narrow, but isn't super wide either, so you may have to step off the path to let others pass if you want to keep up social distancing.

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

Great trail. Cloudy day and cool weather made this all the more pleasurable. Trail was very muddy which made the incline more work but it was worth it.

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

Lovely! Just a beautiful trail. Had some steep portions, especially at the beginning and towards the end. Some parts were a bit muddy, but nothing impassible.

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

Lovely quiet hike on a well-maintained and clean trail. No trash, no dog poo. Excellent! Went on a Monday and saw maybe 20 people the entire day. Awesome to try this new trail and not get lost, as I often do on other Issaquah routes, as it was so well marked. The final viewpoint was charming and made for an ideal lunch stop, though two other viewpoints along the way were well also worth the short detours. I enjoyed seeing rhodies in bloom. Nice parking lot with two porta-potties that were open. Some muddy spots so wear hiking shoes.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with a teen and a tween. Trail mostly dry and sunny. Amazing view of Mt. Rainier at Debbie’s viewpoint. Occasional small groups of hikers, respected social distance.

hiking
2 months ago

3/22 Great hike with a teen and a tween. Occasionally encountered small groups of hikers maintaining social distance. Trail mostly dry and sunny.

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icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Hiked 3/14. Snow on the trail about 1/2 way and falling ice from the trees. Some muddy places. View was nice and overall a very nice trail, especially with the snow!

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Great trail but definitely needed spikes as we headed to the top. It was icy and hard to manage even with hiking boots.

hiking
icy
muddy
2 months ago

Icy and muddy in parts. Easy hike, underrated look out at the top (Debbie’s).

hiking
2 months ago

Chilly morning had the muddy places froze over. Although there were many on trail without I highly recommend microspikes right now.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Margaret’s Way to Debbie’s View. Great weekday outing. Nice views from the lookouts. Nicely maintained except a couple muddy spots. Lots of good trail signs.

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