Squak Mountain Road Southeast

Squak Mountain State Park, Washington
Elevation Gain1,799ft
Trailhead Elevation349ft
Elevation Min/Max349/2033ft
Elevation Start/End349/349ft

Squak Mountain Road Southeast

Squak Mountain Road Southeast is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in East Renton Highlands, Washington. It is within Squak Mountain State Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 349 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,799 feet. The trail ends near the Squak Mountain Microwave industrial and Squak Mountain Central Peak (elevation 2,028 feet). There are also towers near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Summit Trail, Central Peak Trail, Pretzel Tree Trail and May Valley Loop.

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Renton, WA
Pathfinder | 161 pts
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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.
ravensdale, WA
Pathfinder | 63 pts
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Beaux Arts, WA
Pathfinder | 141 pts
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Quite a nest of trails on this hike, not a great amount of payoff for the distance.
Seattle, WA
Adventurer | 235 pts
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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.
Broadway, WA
Adventurer | 470 pts
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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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"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."
Allen Cox
"Squak Mountain has been preserved as a vast, wooded state park that’s just minutes from Seattle. Its trails range from easy to difficult, but all have one thing in common: They share a quintessential Pacific Northwest forest that’s closed to all activity except hiking, running, and, on designated trails, horseback riding (so watch your step). Distance: 3.4-mile lollipop. Fees and permits: No fees or permits required. Approximate hiking time: 2.5 hours. Schedule: Open year-round. Difficulty: More challenging due summer hours, 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Other trail users: Equestrians."

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