Squak Mountain

Issaquah, Washington 98027

Squak Mountain

Squak Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Squak Mountain Reviews

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4/1/2008
Trails along the top in 4-10 inches of snow, several new trees have fallen across the trail, but very peaceful.
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11/12/2007
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.
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10/16/2005
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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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Jul 2018