Squak Mountain Hiking Trails

Hiking is one of the best ways to get in shape. In addition to hiking, a great workout routine in the gym will improve your strength, stability and resilience on the uneven terrain of the trails. I am a master personal trainer, registered dietitianweight loss specialist and mountaineering fitness expert. Let me know if I can help. 

Squak Mountain consists of approximately 2,500 acres of public land. With over 30 miles of trails and lots of history, this mountain makes for interesting hikes.  *Most trailheads require either or a Discover Pass or NW Forest Pass. Be sure to obtain one before your trip.

Squak Mountain Central Peak via Bullitt Fireplace

Trail is 4 miles, takes 2-3 hours round trip and is 1300 ft elevation gain. The Central Peak trail has a view of Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. The trail passes the Bullitt family summer cabin. Bullitt family donated the original 600-acre piece of land that encompassed the upper portion of the mountain with the stipulation that it be preserved as a natural area.

Driving Directions to Squak Mountain
To the Mountainside Trailhead: By the Salmon Hatchery in downtown Issaquah, from the stoplight at the intersection of W. Sunset Way and SE Newport Way, turn steeply uphill on Mountain Park Blvd SW. Follow it, climbing steadily, twisting and turning, to the leveling out on a crest. Turn a sharp left onto Mountainside Drive SW and climb a bit more. When the street switchbacks left for still more climbing, go right on a short road to a dead end with limited parking. This neighborhood access point and small parking area is located at the hairpin curve on Mountainside Drive SW between the Idylwood and Forest Rim neighborhoods. The Bullitt Fireplace Trail starts at this parking area and provides trail access to the Squak Mountain State Park trail system. Squak Mountain State Park Trailhead (SE May Valley Road) Just south of Issaquah, offers 2000 acres of excellent hiking, wildlife habitat and solitude close to the city. From I-90 exit 15 head south on highway 900 past milepost 18, then left on SE May Valley Road for 2 miles to the hiker/equestrian trailhead. This trailhead provides parking and a restroom and provides access to the state park's southern flank trail system. There are several shared-use trails, horse/hiker, as well as hiker only trails.

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