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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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25 Hikes
East Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
A 1.5 mile connector trail winding up the East Ridge of Squak Mountain. Accesses the Summit Trail and the East Side Trail.
 
 
Bullitt Fireplace Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.92
(12 votes)
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.
 
 
Margaret's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.82
(50 votes)
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 
Chybinski Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
The Chybinski Loop is located in the Cougar/Squak Mountain Corridor, and has many connecting trails and loop options.
 
 
Squak Mountain's East Side Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
It's appropriate that this hike begins in the heart of Issaquah. In the language of the native tribes, Ishquowh means "sound of water birds." The raspy name of this mountain destination, meanwhile, comes from the raucous calls of the herons that migrate through this area in the spring and fall--their mighty squak, squak, squak! echoes off the forested slopes of Squak Mountain.
 
 
May Valley Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
This quiet, little-used trail wanders through a lowland forest and up the South side of Squak Mountain along Bullitt Creek.
 
 
Pretzel Tree Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
0.3 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
This short, easy, year-round trail meanders under the cool, protective trees of Squak Mountain State Park. It is a treat for kids with fun story boards along the way.
 
 
May Valley Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1684 ft.
Highest Point: 2024.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.96
(23 votes)
This forested park, a wilderness with glimpses of Issaquah below, has miles of winding trails alongside bubbling creeks and narrow ravines. There are several trail loop options on this 2,024-foot-high mountain. With multi-use trails and a natural area, hikers have plenty to explore in this quiet sanctuary outside of Issaquah.
 
 
South Access Road

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1606 ft.
Highest Point: 2037.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.29
(7 votes)
Ascend Squak Mountain via the most direct route available, the South Access Road, which still permits you to experience preserved mountain rainforest, wildflowers, mushrooms, and fauna, enjoying occasional glimpses of the surrounding mountains and lowlands. If desired, take a side excursion along one of the connector trails on Squak’s southern flank for a more intense nature experience.
 
 
Squak Mountain Traverse

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
7.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1650 ft.
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Cross one of the three major peaks in the Issaquah Alps. You'll see forest, an historic fireplace, and, if you use Trailhead Direct to do this hike, you won't have to look for parking!
 
 
Phils Trail - Thrush Gap Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1606 ft.
Highest Point: 2037.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Ascend from a creek gorge on the east side of Squak Mountain to the Thrush Gap, the saddle between Squak’s central and southeast peaks. Immerse yourself in relatively preserved mountain rainforest, finding solitude alongside abundances of old growth, wildflowers, mushrooms, and fauna, enjoying occasional glimpses of the surrounding mountains and lowlands.
 
 
Phil's Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
A trail on the west side of Squak Mountain. Part of the Phil's Trail - Thrush Gap Loop, and connects to Old Griz, Summit Trail, May Valley Loop, and East Side Trail.
 
 
Perimeter Loop Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Extend your hike on Squak Mountain by connecting the May Valley Trail with the Chybinski Trail via the Perimeter Loop Trail.
 
 
Old Griz

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
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.
 
 
Sycamore Access Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Hike the steep Sycamore Access Trail on the northeast side of Squak Mountain. Enjoy the mixed forest and a few small streams. Continue farther on the East Ridge Trail and, optionally, extend your hike to make it an interesting loop across the higher slopes of Squak Mountain.
 
 
East Side Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
A connector trail between East Ridge and Bullitt Fireplace trail on Squak Mountain.
 
 
Squak Mountain Access Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
A trail that accesses Squak Mountain from the Trails Center in downtown Issaquah. Take the Squak Mountain Access Trail to access trails on the east side of the mountain: East Ridge, East Side, Phil's Creek, Old Griz, and more.
 
 
Coal Mine

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
A short connector trail between Bullitt Fireplace Trail and West Access Trail in the Squak Mountain trail system.
 
 
Central Peak

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2025.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.10
(10 votes)
Squak Mountain's Central Peak is accessible from several trailheads around the mountain, but the most direct route is from the Squak Mountain State Park trailhead, (also known as the May Valley trailhead)..
 
 
Bullitt Access Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Northern access to Squak Mountain.
 
 
Bullitt Gorge

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Hike down the south side of Squak Mountain, connecting with the May Valley Loop Trail or the Perimeter Loop Trail.
 
 
West Access Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 1340.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
This is the western approach to Squak Mountain. Here, you'll have access to the Coal Mine Trail, Bullitt Fireplace Trail, and Chybinski Loop Trail.
 
 
West Peak

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.43
(7 votes)
A half mile shortcut from the Chybinski Loop Trail to the junction with the Bullitt Gorge Trail on Squak Mountain.
 
 
Summit Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(5 votes)
Take a shortcut to the summit of Squak Mountain from Phil's Creek Trail.
 
 
Equestrian Loops

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)