Margaret's Way Trail

MODERATE 173 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.

hiking
22 days ago

solid hike, still muddy in spots.

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

3 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
3 months ago

4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

5 months ago

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

5 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
6 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
6 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
6 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

7 months ago

Hike was good, but the signage was terrible.

7 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

8 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!

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 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
9 months ago

9 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
9 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
9 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.

9 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Plenty of switchbacks and incline to work up a sweat. I was surprised by how lightly trafficked the trail was for a Sunday morning. My husband rarely hikes and isn't fit, but he was still able to do the whole trail with short rests here and there. With our 4 year old son and a 15 minute rest at the top, it took us just under 4 hours. Based on trip reports from other hikers, we skipped the two viewpoints on the way up. We made sure to hike over to the Debbie's View up at the top of the trail. When you turn onto Debbie's View trail following the sign, the trail kind of forks. Make sure to follow the trail to the right. On the Debbie's View trail there was a small sign on a tree right off the trail that said "Loop Trail". The view at Debbie's View did not disappoint. Another highlight from our hike was seeing a barred owl just 20 feet or so from the trail. If you're looking for a trail with lots of views on the way up, then you may end up disappointed. But it was a beautiful hike through the forest with a gorgeous view of Mount Rainier at Debbie's View.

11 months ago

Got to the trailhead today around 7:45am. There were about 5 other cars in the parking lot. Ran into another person half way up and saw a couple people making their way down when we got closer to the top. Took other recommendations to go to Debbie's viewpoint. Ran into more groups of people on our way down but the trail was mostly empty our whole time out there.

hiking
11 months ago

Got to the Trailhead around 9am and parking lot was about 2/3 full. This is a nice lightly trafficked forested trail. There is only one viewpoint on the actual Margaret's Way trail and it's pretty mediocre. A better viewpoint is Debbie's Viewpoint which is an additional 0.3 miles from where Margaret's Way ends at Chrybinski(?) Trail. The trail is well marked throughout and easy to follow. It's a pretty easy trail for any seasoned hiker. It is doable for a beginner hiker given that they are in decent physical condition. It does have some "steep" short sections. If you do Debbie's viewpoint it's about 7.6 miles. Took us about 3.5 hours out and back with a 15 minute stop at the top.

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