Squak Mountain State Park Double Peak Loop

Issaquah, Washington

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The Double Peak Loop hike quickly escapes the lower section of Squak Mountain State Park (which is open to horses) to explore a dense forest and the historic ruins of the Bullitt family settlement, passing two good viewpoints that rival any in the Issaquah region along the way. Plus, you just might have the trail to yourself. Cougar and Tiger Mountains draw most of the attention in the Issaquah Alps, leaving central Squak Mountain relatively underused. Whether hikers stay away because of Squak’s limited size, its reputation as an equestrian center, or for some other reason, their loss can be your gain.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Double Peak Loop hike quickly escapes the lower section of Squak Mountain State Park (which is open to horses) to explore a dense forest and the historic ruins of the Bullitt family settlement, passing two good viewpoints that rival any in the Issaquah region along the way. Plus, you just might have the trail to yourself.

Cougar and Tiger Mountains draw most of the attention in the Issaquah Alps, leaving central Squak Mountain relatively underused. Whether hikers stay away because of Squak’s limited size, its reputation as an equestrian center, or for some other reason, their loss can be your gain.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Issaquah
Distance: 6.7
Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Season: Hikable year-round, summer: daily, 6:30 a.m.–sunset; winter: daily, 8 a.m.–sunset; Discover Pass required for parking
Trailhead Elevation: 450 feet
Top Elevation: 2,100 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 425-455-7010; parks.state.wa.us/588/Squak-Mountain
Local Maps: Green Trails Cougar Mountain/Squak Mountain 203S; USGS Bellevue South and Maple Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Squak Mountain State Park: Double Peak Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2009
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The route provided was REALLY confusing as it is not marked well AT ALL. The loop is closed in getting to the top. In all, it was beautiful, but didn't see all the things offered. Be prepared to avoid a LOT of horse poop. I mean a lot.


8/17/2009
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8/1/2009
0

Quite a nest of trails on this hike, not a great amount of payoff for the distance.


3/2/2008
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This was a very good trail. As the last reviewer stated it needed a few more signs but I was able to follow the map they provide for the most part. Over all I thought it was a good workout. We did about 8 miles overall. we ran across only 2 other hikers and three on horse back during our 4 hour hike.


2/19/2008
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I would give 5 star but the trail markers are almost non existent! If we had brought the topo too we would not have missed a lot of things, like the lookout and the chimney. Either way, it is very secluded and in excellent condition. Highly recommend on a weekday, we did not go on a weekend so not sure of the horse traffic. Easy to avoid the horse droppings and nice switchbacks for FAST elevation gain (so fast on foot you will need to pop your ears up and down several times). We will definitely be back, but with the topo to use in conjunction with the guide :D



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