Squak Mountain is like the quiet cousin at a family reunion. Tiger Mountain is the boisterous brother, Cougar is the pretty sister, and Mount Si is the rowdy uncle. But Squak is lesser known and thus less commonly visited, which means the woodlands of Squak Mountain offer some of the most solitary exploration in the Issaquah Alps.
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Mountaineers hike on Squak Mountain. Nice morning, but halfway through the hike it began pouring down rain. Loop starts at Squak Mtn State Park Trailhead and follows (1) May Valley Loop, (2) Bullitt Gorge Tr, (3) Perimeter Loop Tr, (4) West Peak Tr, (5) Bullitt Fireplace Tr to Bullitt Fireplace, (6) return on Bullitt Fireplace Tr to (7) Chybinski Loop Tr, (8) East Side Tr, (9) Old Griz Tr, (10) Phil’s Cr Tr, and finally (11) May Valley Loop back to the starting point. Time for me to get out of my Mountaineering funk and start leading hikes again.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Melissa Bullis, Louise Kornreich, Richard DuBois, Linda M. Kuramoto, Steven LeBrun, Xiomara Munoz and Ujjwol Pant.
Reference: Green Trails Cougar Mountain, Squak Mountain No. 203S. Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, No. 6 Squak Mountain’s East Side Loop and No. 7 Phil’s Trail-Thrush Gap Loop.
From I-90 take exit 17 (Front Street), and turn right (south) onto Front Street and continue south through town. Front Street becomes Issaquah-Hobart Road as you leave town. In a couple of miles turn right (west) onto May Valley Road, and find the trailhead parking area on the right (north) side of the road at 221st Street.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.4818,-122.0541)
Discover Pass required.
9.45 miles, 3041 ft. gain, 5 hrs 15 min.