Margaret's Way Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews

Margaret's Way Trail is a 7 mile lightly 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 is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1896 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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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4 days ago

Did this with my dog today. Stunning view! A little muddy, but I am still giving it 5 stars. About 8.08 miles round trip if you go out to Debbie's View.

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13 days ago

Great well maintained trail, very easy to follow signs to the top. Plenty of switchbacks and elevation gain. The trailhead is maintained by a care taker and after 8:30pm they lock the gate so make sure you get back down to your car!

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24 days ago

Worth it for the view towards the end, I think it's called Debbie's. It's marked at the T point at the top. Nice view but mostly looking at a field.

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1 month ago

One of my new favorites! Went on a Friday and had the whole trail to myself on the way to Debbie's Lookout. Trail is well maintained and just a bit muddy in places. Beautiful scenery and don't miss the lookout.

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1 month ago

First hike of the season for me and a friend. Trail is easy to find and lots of signage. Not a view hike UNLESS You take the little 0.3 mile (to the right at the T where Margaret's Trail ends) to Debbie's look out. Well worth a t if you've come this far. Hikes on Friday 4/7 was mostly dry but the muddy spots were really muddy. Boots for sure and walking sticks if you are training with a heavy pack. Otherwise just good boots are fine.
The nicest part of hiking at this time is that we only saw two other sets of hikers all day. We lucked out with no rain when it was pouring at home and a clear day to see the incredible view. Nice bench to sit in and had it all to our selves.

The first part of the hike was a climb but there were enough spots where it flattened out for us to catch our breath and carry on. We traveled at a speed of about 2.4 and took 30 minutes for lunch. Took us 4 hours. We did stop for nature picks etc. you could do it in less but plan for 4 if you are out for the day.
Top Pot Doughnuts were our reward! Right off of the main highway heading back to the highway. Lol

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4 months ago

Nice inclines and declines, trail was well maintained, little muddy in areas but nothing bad. Would definitely go back to hike this trail :)