Margaret's Way Trail

MODERATE 197 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
1,594 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.

hiking
11 days ago

Sunday July 1 2018 my car window was shattered and purse stolen. Credit card was used 19 minutes after we parked the car. It was used at QFC on 4th in Renton for 1024 dollars. They had to be watching me. Be careful.

hiking
22 days ago

I was at the trailhead at 8.30 AM on a sunday morning - Parking lot was about 50% full. It was cloudy and misty when I started the hike, and was quite humid as well. The first half mile or so has a good incline. The trail flattens out after that for a while, before having a moderate incline after that. The trail ends abruptly at 2.8 miles where another trail loop sign is displayed. However, there are directions to go to Debbie's view which is a must see. I did not expect to see Mount Rainier from there - the clouds had cleared up by the time I got there, and the temperature was just right. You don't get to see a lot of views along the way - there are 2 viewpoints on the way to the end. The first one is pretty small, the second one is quite big and very peaceful - on a clear day, its a must see. The trail has moderate traffic, and lots of dogs to play with. Took about 2 hours to go up (beginner hiker) and 90 minutes to come down, not counting the time spent at the second view point. For someone looking to increase their challenge from easy hikes, this is a good one.

hiking
27 days ago

Good hike, but ends pretty abruptly without any kind of showcase. A lot of bugs when we went, but still enjoyed!

hiking
2 months ago

solid hike, still muddy in spots.

3 months ago

Nice hike, initial gain, then meanders for a bit. Huge puddle on trail, so was good time to head back. Look forward to hiking it again in the summer and getting to trailend.

hiking
3 months ago

A great trail. From the trailhead to Debbie's point is 8 miles roundtrip. A strenuous hike, and I recommend hiking poles, they will come in handy here.

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained trail. Nicely marked and had some great viewpoints along the way. Went on a rainy cloudy day, will definitely need to go on a clear day.

4 months ago

It’s a nice hike but not very many views! Good exercise though. Trail is in great condition.

5 months ago

First timer and it was hard to find where the trail began, but once we figured it out the lore was plenty of signs along the way. It’s like Poo Poo points little sister and the view was with it!

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

It’s actually a little longer than 6 miles but the way up it’s mostly uphill. It’s definitely worth it when you get to the top though.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail to enjoy a quick walk or jog. Great to have a mini picknic at the top bench.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for my moderate hiking skill level with some views and easy path to follow. I really appreciated all the signs letting us know we were on the right path.

7 months ago

It’s longer then 3 miles about 3.4. It a good hike not much to see today, fog rolled in.

7 months ago

Good for a hike. Nice forest and when weather cooperates, there is a view if you do an extra 0.6 mile loop.

hiking
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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

9 months ago

Hike was good, but the signage was terrible.

9 months 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

10 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!

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Great Hike! Our first in Issaquah. Great for last min hike trip. Great for kids/first time hikers even though it's rated for moderate hike. Views are def worth it!!

hiking
10 months ago

I almost don't want to review this trail because I don't want it to get over run like Poo Poo has. What a fantastic trail. It shoots up for a mile of pretty intense climb with your first view point. Flattens out for a pretty bench and view point 2 then up for more steep climbing to reach the top. But the top of nothing it simply comes to a stop and T. Then you take Debbie's Way out to view the mountain. Very little traffic, very wooded. With taking the view points it's 3.3 miles one way up.

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful hike, fairly easy. Connects to many other trails if you wish to keep going (I felt Margaret's way was kinda short, so I kept going) if it wasn't so smoking the views would be amazing I'm sure but was still happy with what I saw. Lots of wild life, keep your eyes out ☺️

hiking
11 months ago

There's really no trail I don't like. This one I love. Right off of 900 with stunning views. It's not an easy hike by any means and you can get an excellent workout with rewarding views. There are 3 view points on this hike. The first one being just a little ways from the start, it's actually a better view on a sunny day in winter as the tree growth in summer blocks most of the sights. The 2nd one is fairly new and obvious with the new sign and gravel trail to the right. It offers a wonderful view of the valley and the Olympics on a clear day with a very nice large bench to sit down on and soak it all in. The 3rd and most impressive view is at the top; Debbie's view. On a crystal clear day you get the most amazing view of Mt Rainier and the surrounding valley. It's a small viewpoint however and can be crammed on a warm, sunny day. There are other options from Margaret's Way that you can take once you reach the top of the trail at the intersection. There's the Chibinski loop that no matter which you take brings you right back to the sign marking the trail. You can also reach the Bullit Fireplace from this point too. Both of which I highly recommend. If you're into geocaching there's lots in this area!

hiking
11 months ago

This is a beautiful forest trail that is well maintained and signposted. It is a moderating uphill trail. There is a loop trail at the end that is about 2.5 miles. There is a car park and portapottie at the trail head.

11 months ago

Got there about 7:45am on a Sunday and a few cars in the parking lot. Trail is very well marked all the way up and easy on the feet as most of it is dirt. Only saw 4-5 people. Go to Debbie's Viewpoint otherwise you literally come to an end just looking at more trees in the forest. My Garmin registered 6.75 miles once I got back down to car. Good workout!

hiking
11 months ago

A well maintained trail with lots of helpful signs posted along the way.

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