Thanks to local advocacy groups and King County, 226 acres were purchased in 2014 and added to the lands now known as the Cougar/Squak Corridor to protect the woodlands and headwaters of salmon habitat. Just east of Seattle in the area known as “the Issaquah Alps”, the Cougar/Squak Corridor connects Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to Squak State Park.Tiger Mountain State Forest is just to the east. All offer a quick trip to the outdoors and quintessential Pacific Northwest forest and trails. Take a peek at this short video to learn a bit more about the nature corridor.
Not enough time to head to the big mountains? Check out some of the great trails that cross the Cougar/Squak Corridor, and you'll barely know the difference. Margaret's Way is a popular choice, named after a park planner whose tireless work helped to preserve hundreds of acres of land in the area.
Getting to the Cougar/Squak Corridor off I-90 is pretty straightforward, with various parking options and access points. Don't have a car? No problem! Check out King County's awesome new Trailhead Direct bus line.
When to Go
Visit this scenic area year-round.
No permits or entrance fees required for the corridor, but if you're parking at Squak State Park or Tiger Mountain State Forest, you will be required to display a Discover Pass, though none are required at nearby Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park.
Dogs are permitted on leash in the Cougar/Squak Corridor.