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Squak Mountain
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Squak Mountain
The Squak Mountain hike is a lush trail that hovers over a bustling city, located on land donated by the Bullitt family in 1952 in hopes of "protecting, restoring and maintaining the natural physical environment of the Pacific Northwest." Squak Mountain is located between Cougar Mountain to the east and Tiger Mountain to the west. These two mountains work to lessen the crowd on Squak Mountain and within its vast network of trails, even on a summer weekend, you can walk for miles without seeing another hiker. Along your way you will come across the out-of-place old Bullitt Fireplace (remnants of the Bullitt home?) The Squak Mountain trail system is so well-worn that you are almost unaware of the over 1,550 ft elevation gain as you make your way to Central Peak, the highest point on the trails. There, you will see the radio towers that soar over Issaquah. This hike is an intricate "spider-web" network of hikes, so a map of the system is a must, and it helps that all of the intersections are well labeled.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
Forest 5.3 mi 2 / 5 7.3 / 10 1550 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs

Accessibility
Year round

Permits
Day use fee to park, annual State Parks Pass accepted
 
Hike Featured In...
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Driving Directions:
From Seattle, E on I-90 to exit 17. Right on Front street for 0.7 miles. Right on Sunset Way for 1 mile. Left on Mountainside Drive S.W. for 0.4 miles to parking area on right, just as the road curves to the left
Contact Information:
Washington State Parks and Recreation
Squak Mountain State Park
http://parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Squak%20Mountain

Books
Beyond Mount Si
Beyond Mount Si
Maps
Green Trails #203S Cougar Mountain
#203S Cougar Mountain
Squak Mountain trailhead in Issaquah Lush Squak Mountain in early summer Bullitt Fireplace Microwave towers that can be seen from Issaquah Scenic Squak Mountain trail Radio towers at the top of Central Peak - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Tree blown down across the trail - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, November 29, 2009. The Bullitt Lodge fireplace - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, November 29, 2009. The first of 8 signs on the Pretzel Loop interpretive trail, great for kids - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Some fog hanging in the air, luckily no rain - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Hiking along the service access road for a quarter mile or so - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, November 29, 2009. There were many creeks heard throughout the hike - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Squak Mountain - From crzydazy7\'s hike report on Saturday, July 04, 2009. Squak Mountain - From crzydazy7\'s hike report on Saturday, July 04, 2009. Squak Mountain - From crzydazy7\'s hike report on Saturday, July 04, 2009. Squak Mountain - From crzydazy7\'s hike report on Saturday, July 04, 2009.
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