Wilderness Cliffs Trail via Squak Mountain Connector Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Wilderness Cliffs Trail via Squak Mountain Connector Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Renton, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.2 miles
1,148 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


This trail can be accessed from two different routes. The quickest route is to hike up the Squak Mountain Connector Trail from the base of the mountain and continue up onto this trail. This is also the most direct route to reach the peak. The hike up to the peak on this section of the trail can be difficult when compared to other trails located within the park. To aid in your ascent of Wilderness peak, you will find many switchbacks. Luckily most of the trail is shaded by the thick canopy of trees, making the trail a little cooler. Overall this trail will provide a small you with a small challenge. It is a good warm up hike early in the season before taking on those longer and steeper hikes. If you are hiking on the Southside of Cougar Mountain many hikers opt to start out from the paved parking area located a few hundred feet west, to make their trek to the mountain peak via the Wilderness Creek Trail. You can access this trail from the main parking area; however, there is a small dirt pull out conveniently located at the trailhead that will provide direct access. Hiking up from this trail provides the shortest route up the mountain to reach the summit. It also allows you to choose the Wilderness Creek Trail on your return trip allowing you to make a loop without having to hike the same trail on your decent. The dirt pullout is also a great parking area if you are looking to hike both Cougar Mountain and Squak Mountain. The West Access Trail on Squak Mountain can be accessed by a small trail entrance across the road. It can be difficult to spot as the entrance does not appear to be maintained. Standing in the dirt pullout area you should see a large dirt clearing directly across the street, the trail entrance is located to the left of the business property.

9 months ago

10/6/2017 (Friday) - Because of limited parking places at the trailhead, with somewhat dangerous condition on the side of the increasingly busy SR900, I did not dare to park there, so I parked at the Wilderness Creek TH as usual. Both Squak Mtn Connector and Squak West Access on the other side of SR900 are in superb condition, well-maintained though rarely used, gently grading, much easier than the much busier Wilderness trails. I turned back from the juncture of Squak West Access and Coal Mine Trail.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

The viewpoint on the map about halfway out along this trail is just a view of some trees. I'm sure it would have been pretty a few hundred years ago before the trees got in the way. Still a nice hike though.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Peaceful, and wilderness. Love it.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Nice hike, easily marked trails, close to main road but seems like you're deep in the woods. Great workout, with switch backs. Flowing stream and little brooks/bridges to walk over. Lots of connecting trails to get lost on. I will be back for more adventures.

Friday, May 03, 2013

I loved this trail it was so nice! there was nothing i didn't like about it. I recommend this hike!

24 days ago

recorded Peak?

5 months ago

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Friday, October 21, 2016