This short, easy, year-round trail meanders under the cool, protective trees of Squak Mountain State Park. It is a treat for kids because of the story boards and for adults who may like to wander in the woods before or after their hike up Double Peak Loop Trail. Story boards along the trail illustrate the adventures of Field Mouse as he meets local forest creatures and discovers their importance in the ecosystem on his search for the Pretzel Tree. Birds and various kinds of natural habitat abound.
Restrooms and trail maps are on the right side of the parking lot as you enter from the street. The trailhead is on the left side of the parking lot. The first 30 feet of the trail is shared with the beginning of Double Peak Loop Trail, which is also used by local equestrians. After this section, cross the gravel road and go through the wooden horse barriers to Pretzel Tree Trail.
Follow the trail to the right with the first story board. The boards are usually not within sight of each other but come into view after a few steps from the last board. First meet Field Mouse who decides to go on an adventure from the sunny meadow to the dark woods. Then meet the various animals in the woods as they explain their jobs: the crow picks up garbage; termites and bugs transform a tree into a nurse log; etc. Finally come upon the now-infamous pretzel tree -- two intertwined tree trunks towering into the sky.
Birds abound in this low-lying area that walks past a semi-open marsh. If you're lucky, woodpeckers or flickers may be out knocking on the trees. A tree with their evidence is part of the interpretive trail.
Pretzel Tree Trail
- 0.25 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 39 feet
- Highest Point
- 477 feet
Hiking Pretzel Tree Trail
Pretzel Tree Trail
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.4819, -122.0542 Open in Google Maps