Squak Mountain

Issaquah, Washington

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Well maintained and well marked, Squak Mountain is a good intermediate trail. The close proximity to Issaquah makes it an urban wilderness that is especially good for an evening run after work. Since there hasn’t been any logging on Squak Mountain for more than fifty years, there are limited “peek-a-boo” views of Tiger Mountain, Issaquah, and Lake Sammamish. For a small area, Squak Mountain has many trails. Like many of the intermediate trails described in this book, Squak is a good workout for an advanced runner looking for a short but brisk run. Squak Mountain got its name from the Native American term for the fertile valley, creek, and mountain that now form the town of Issaquah. Starting in the 1940s, Seattle attorney Stinson Bullitt began acquiring the land and stopped any further commercial exploits. In 1972 his family (founders of KING radio and television) donated the land to the state with the stipulation that it would never be logged. Slowly, Squak Mountain State Park is returning to natural forest.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

Well maintained and well marked, Squak Mountain is a good intermediate trail. The close proximity to Issaquah makes it an urban wilderness that is especially good for an evening run after work. Since there hasn’t been any logging on Squak Mountain for more than fifty years, there are limited “peek-a-boo” views of Tiger Mountain, Issaquah, and Lake Sammamish. For a small area, Squak Mountain has many trails. Like many of the intermediate trails described in this book, Squak is a good workout for an advanced runner looking for a short but brisk run. Squak Mountain got its name from the Native American term for the fertile valley, creek, and mountain that now form the town of Issaquah.

Starting in the 1940s, Seattle attorney Stinson Bullitt began acquiring the land and stopped any further commercial exploits. In 1972 his family (founders of KING radio and television) donated the land to the state with the stipulation that it would never be logged. Slowly, Squak Mountain State Park is returning to natural forest.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Issaquah
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,680 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: Department of Natural Resources Tiger Mountain, Squak Mountain, Cougar Mountain, and Tradition Plateau
Driving Directions: Directions to Squak Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

3/12/2018
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4/1/2008
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Trails along the top in 4-10 inches of snow, several new trees have fallen across the trail, but very peaceful.


11/12/2007
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The trail is lovely, snaking up Squak Mountain through lush green mossy forests. The only caveat is that the summit itself is nothing to write home about - it's home to a rather large cell-phone antenna array and not much of a view. But it's a small thing to complain about, as the trails themselves are really beautiful, not to mention clean, clearly marked, and well-maintained.


10/16/2005
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Beautiful wilderness, close to town! Some of the south side trails are a bit "horsey" but there are plenty of narrow, winding routes that are closed to them, too.



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