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.
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