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Old Griz

A connector trail on the east side of Squak Mountain. Make loops of Summit Trail and Phil's Creek or East Ridge Trail with Old Griz.
Driving Directions:

The park is located just south of Issaquah. Exit I-90 at Exit 15 and turning (right or left) southbound on Issaquah-Renton Road, driving 4 miles, then turning left on the May Valley Road and then driving 3 more miles to the trailhead parking lot on the left.

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Squak Mountain, Central Peak, Bullitt Fireplace, Old Griz — Mar 17, 2013 — Polargirl5
Day hike
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Our original intent was to hit Central Peak via downtown Issaquah and the eastside loop, but through...
Our original intent was to hit Central Peak via downtown Issaquah and the eastside loop, but through car key challenges and navigation issues we ended up at the Wildwood Blvd to Mt Side trailhead. From the parking lot we took the eastside trail, to Old Griz, Central Peak to the towers, then back down to Bullitt and around the loop - stopping at the fireplace for a well deserved lunch. Considering all the rain we have been having the trails were in decent shape, some muddy sections but nothing heinous. In a week or two the trail will be in bloom, we saw lots of plants just shy of opening. There was very light hiker traffic on the trails for a dry Sunday.
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Old Griz, Phils Trail-Thrush Gap Loop, May Valley Trail, Central Peak, Bullitt Fireplace — Feb 25, 2013 — Leah
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes
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This was an incredible hike! Squak Mountain's scenery is incredibly varied. There were some issues...
This was an incredible hike! Squak Mountain's scenery is incredibly varied. There were some issues with the mud on the trail (several places where our shoes got totally caked), but even with the wind whipping through the trees, the scenery made it completely worth it. The forest changes as you go up to the radio towers at the peak and the trail is very steep in some places. It was so beautiful; I will definitely do this trail again.
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Old Griz, East Side, Bullitt Access, Bullitt Fireplace, Central Peak — Oct 07, 2012 — Alpine Art
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns
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Tom and I did this 5 or so mile loop from Mountainside Drive to Squak Mt. Central Peak and then down...
Tom and I did this 5 or so mile loop from Mountainside Drive to Squak Mt. Central Peak and then down via the Old Griz and East Side trails and returning to the Bullitt Access trail and the car.

We started at 9:00 AM and had much of the trail system to ourselves. Some folks out with their dogs walking the Bullitt Access Trail but the Fire Place trail was without much in the way of others.

After reaching Central Peak we went down to the East Side trail via the Old Griz trail. No problems until we hit the East Side trail where there is a fair amount of windfall over the trail, no major problems but there were at least 7 or 8 places where you had to duck under or scramble over trees.

Trails are dry and no water running in the normal stream beds - we could use the rain soon.
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May Valley Trail, Bullitt Gorge, Bullitt Fireplace, Old Griz, Phils Trail-Thrush Gap Loop — Jul 19, 2012 — shaunalorae
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
Issues: Overgrown | Bugs
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Despite the confusing directions, I successfully looped around the Squak Mountain back to the May Va...
Despite the confusing directions, I successfully looped around the Squak Mountain back to the May Valley Trail which leads to the trailhead parking lot. My corgi-mix, Chewy, and I had a thoroughly enjoyable hike/trail run. We followed the May Valley Trail all the way up to the Bullit Gorge Trail and then the Bullitt Fireplace Trail got us to the Bullitt homestead ruins (the fireplace). We would have enjoyed a snack there but there were too many bothersome mosquitos to sit still for very long. We continued on up the Fireplace Trail until we got to the Old Griz Trail (my favorite for running!). We took the Phils Trail next which led us to the May Valley Loop Trail and that got us to the car eventually.
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Chybinski Loop, West Peak, Bullitt Access, Central Peak, Old Griz — Apr 06, 2012 — Wendy W
Day hike
Issues: Mudholes
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We did the 6.7 mile Squak Mountain Loop found in Mike Mcquaide's Central Cascades Day Hike book. We ...
We did the 6.7 mile Squak Mountain Loop found in Mike Mcquaide's Central Cascades Day Hike book. We were glad we scanned and printed the directions as there are many trails on Squak Mountain. It was our first time there and a little confusing.

We parked at the West Side Access and took the Chybinski Loop up to West Peak then went on to the Bullitt Fireplace and Central Peak. We came down via Old Griz, left at unsigned T, left on Eastside Trail, left on Bullitt trail, immediate right and back down West Access. It was fun!
There were some interesting old things to see; car, locker,buildings and more.
The trails are pretty and green. There are many signs but you need to know which trails you want.
It was muddy but not bad.
There was a one steep section after West Peak.
We saw just four other people and two dogs the whole five hours we were hiking.
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Location
Old Griz (#SQUAK-C4)
Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain
Squak Mountain State Park, King County Parks
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Discover Pass required
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