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The start was a little tricky to find, it’s across the street from the side you can park on right by a school bus sign. The hike itself was a breeze. Not too much elevation, on and off tree cover. Saw all of three other people despite there being quite a few cars parked. Overall very nice quick day hike.

2 days ago

We hiked in early March. Still snow packed in some areas but views are beautiful at the top! Was confused by all of the turf laid out at the top until we realized it was for paragliders!

2 days ago

3/20/2018 (Tuesday) - The eastern route of the loop is quite different from what the AllTrails map shows, and OCM is more accurate. It becomes substantially longer, but more gently grading with switchbacks for horses. I moved very slow up, had lunch at the chair at the eastern tip of the switchback, missed the right fork to Phil's Connector after crossing the bridge.

Aptly challenging trail with views worth the sweat at the top.

Loved this route.

Not bad, just okay.

Great hike! The views are amazing and it is fun to watch the paraglider.

4 days ago

The signage was a little misleading. We ended up on the Holder creek trail I think, which we do not recommend. You can hear the highway during the hike. If you stay on it long enough you end up on the side of the highway. The creek is nice though. And the trail is wide enough for two people at times.

Amazing view at the top!

5 days ago

Nice hike with things to see along the way! The huge Talus rocks were amazing and saw a beautiful waterfall as well. Not a difficult hike at all.

Awesome hike. Beautiful trails that are very well taken care of and very clearly marked. Would definitely hike this spot again!

It has a new entrance since the last time we were there. Cold at the top, a little foggy but great view and we did it in record time...for us...after a knee injury and a few years removed.

Soooooo out of shape

very nice,quiet & clean, trail head was a little hard to find at first...

Mostly incline, but manageable. Nice tranquil hike, well maintained, well marked, no bathroom facilities. Parking off road.

Good running trail as the elevation gain is minimal for a hike but not a whole lot to see on the way. Moderate but persistent grade; there is more interesting terrain on the Anti-aircraft ridge trail and some cool logs you can jump over on your way up or down the mountain. There’s an okay view at the beginning of the trailhead of Lake Sammamish but there’s not much space to enjoy it.

11 days ago

This was definitely a moderate hike, but only on the way up and you’re treated with a beautiful view at the end. It was a pretty busy Saturday at lunchtime, but regardless of the narrow trail at times, people and animals were patient and respectful. Going down can be a little steep so I recommend hiking shoes with good traction. Dogs also really enjoyed the hike and made a few friends along the way.

Can see Mt. Rainer at times, but there wasn't a really amazing view. Nice quick hike. Lots of horses, which was neat.

My friends and myself reached at the Squak Mountain State Park around 8:00am. Had little difficulty in finding the Parking Lot as there were 2 roads leading to the State Park, but only one of them had the Parking Lot. The Parking Lot had only 1 couple of vehicles. There was a 0.1 mile hike from the Parking Lot to the May Valley Loop Trailhead.

The initial part of the Trail was much flatter and we doubted whether there was any elevation gain at all. Then the trail split to 2 paths and we chose the left hoping to cover the loop in clockwise direction. This was unlike the Loop described but we took it anyways. We met many people hiking down the trail when we were hiking up. Then there was a steep elevation gain for less than 0.1 mile, but that was the steepest along the entire trail, which gave us a relief that we didn't hike it down rather we were hiking up at the steep (as it is a loop trail). There are many diverging paths from this trail, but the trails were properly marked to guide in the right direction. We reached the Bullitt George Trail and then we saw the Bullitt Fireplace. We lost some elevation after that, and there was another ascend to the Central Peak.

The Central Peak didn't have any view, which was a little upset. There were some Communication Antenna Towers and it was surrounded by Pine trees which blocked the view. We started our descend which started on the Access Road.

After 0.2 mile, we had a board which took we took to join back the trail rather than continuing on the Access Road. This side of the Loop was suitable for trail running which made our descend a little more faster. After sometime, we reached a stop where there was a right turn to a bridge which would take You to the Squak Valley Park, but we continued left. We reached the Access Road again. There were 2 other boards which led back to the other trail, and we took the second one which took us to the first deviation we which took during our ascend. And finally we made it back to the Parking Lot by 12:00 noon.

Now the Parking Lot was almost full compared to morning. Now there were other people who were just getting ready to start their hike. Its a good warmup hike, but nothing much of a view. Even the Park had green bushes and trees with mosses, but nothing staggering for a second time hike. Not sure about the other trails which was getting deviated from the Loop Trail though and the other 2 peaks - West Peak & SouthEast Peak.

11 days ago

Really fun trail! Hard to find at first since its a trail with in a trail! But the rocks were cool!

Nice trail in the wilderness, very pleasant and challenging. No view at the top, only of the trees with a bench while you see nature come to life before your eyes. Enjoy

It's definitely an easy maybe medium trail (but probably easy). The loop was nice, well signed and easy to follow. Lots of little children doing it. Leisurely!

Great hike, beautiful weather, beautiful views!!!

18 days ago

A quick straight up hike but totally manageable!

Was challenging and fun. Next time I’ll do the loop in reverse. Snow was slippery near the summit, without poles I wouldn’t have made it up. Watch out for horse poop.

Last mile was was covered with ice and very slippery; we turned around about 1/2 a mile from the point because we didn't have microspikes. Beautiful hike anyways! It started getting busy later in the morning.

We had a great time on this trail, cleared paths and the kids enjoyed it. Would love to go back and do the crossing “adventure” and “wetlands” trails too to make a little longer. Loved seeing the people “flying” from poo poo point nearby and appreciated much less foot traffic than poo poo point on a beautiful sunny Saturday!

19 days ago

My wife and I hiked from Issaquah High School to Poo Poo Point via High School Trail and Poo Poo Point Trail. The last one mile was covered with snow, so we used MicroSpikes. The temperature was between 36 F and 55 F. We saw paraglider taking off from Poo Poo Point.

Beautiful views!

Took my High School girls lacrosse team there for a team bonding event. Great switchbacks, great views, and super friendly people on the hike. Highly recommended, for all ages.

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