Margaret's Way Trail

MODERATE 129 reviews

Margaret's Way Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1594 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

views

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 new 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. 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.

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2 days ago

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4 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Quiet, covered trail. Well marked except toward the finish where it seems like you don’t see a trail marker for quite a long time. Two small moving creeks you can step over easily, and a little waterfall near the beginning. One large tree down you have to climb over or crawl under. Stopped at every view point (including Debbie’s) but it was a cloudy day so sights were limited.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Well marked and a very pleasant trail to hike on. No views today on Debbie’s View but a great hike nevertheless.

hiking
21 days ago

Loved it! Nice quite trail, very few people. Nice interval incline and declines to keep it interesting. Don’t miss Debbie’s View at the end

hiking
29 days ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Hike was good, but the signage was terrible.

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

1 month ago

i would rate this easy..im new to WA and find the trails labeled moderate to be easy. this trail had a lot of flat walking, long gentle switchbacks...occasional gentle elevation gains..at top is a junction of other trails, no view. good walk with some cardio

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Very well maintained and not too crowded. When you get to the end, follow the signs to Debbie's Way for a great view of Rainier!

2 months ago

Pretty hike, a couple spots with decent views. No view @ very end, just branches to another trail.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago