Squak Mountain Loop – 03-17-2013

Mountaineers hike in Squak Mountain State Park. 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) East Ridge Tr, (10) Phil’s Cr Tr, and finally (11) May Valley Loop back to the starting point.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Mizuho Naka, Jo Brown, Barbara Price, Sean Babinec, Carla Reynolds, and David Coate.

Squak Mountain Loop – 03-17-2013 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

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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.

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.

Driving Directions
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.

Hiking Stats:
10.68 miles, 2638 ft. gain, 5 hrs 48 min.

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