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Squak Mountain East Side Loop
pnwhikes > Central Cascades > Issaquah
From the parking area, you'll need to walk along the road a bit to reach the trail. Start by heading east on Bush Street, and cross Front Street. Turn south on Newport Way, and following it as it crosses Issaquah Creek. Continue south on Wildwood Blvd and it will turn into a gravel road. You will then find a paved trail at Issaquah Creek Dam, this trail leads to the Squak Mountain Access trailhead, on the left side of the street. There is some parking here, but it is very limited.

Once on the real trail, you'll follow an old mining road for 0.75 miles. Stay left at the first two junctions. After 2.0 miles of hiking, turn right at the junction to follow the Central Peak Trail as it makes its way to the summit of Central Peak, where you will find some cell phone towers. From the peak, turn left at the next junction to continue your way down, eventually coming to another intersection. Turn right onto the East Side Trail to make your way back to the trailhead.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
Forest 7 mi 3 / 5 8 / 10 1700 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs

Accessibility
Year round

Permits
No permits needed, parking is free
 
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Driving Directions:
From Seattle, take I-90 east to exit 17, Front Street. Turn right on Front Street and then turn right on Bush Street. Free parking at the Issaquah Trail Center parking lot.
Contact Information:
King County Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Division
Tel: 206.296.8687
http://www.kingcounty.gov/parks

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Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
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