Best Hiking Trails in Squak Mountain State Park

Overview

Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,570 acre day-use park located less than 20 miles from downtown Seattle, WA in the area colloquially known as the “Issaquah Alps”. With its proximity to major urban areas, dense forest, great views, 13 miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of hiker/equestrian trails, it's clear why Seattleites flock to this region every day of the week. Take a post-work jaunt through the network of trails, or build up a sweat and hike to the summit, all while remaining close to town.

Getting Started

The park is open from 6:30am to dusk in the summer, and 8am to dusk in the winter for hiking, running and horse riding. Note that bicycles are not permitted on the trails.

Head up Squak Mountain West Peak's 1,995 foot summit while checking out the remains of the Bullitt House's stone fireplace from 1952. Have more time and energy? Take the Debbie's View via May Valley Loop instead, entering into the southeast corner of the Cougar/Squak Corridor, a protected area attaching nearby Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to Squak Mountan State Park. Find out more about the park, including contact information, here.

When to Go

Because of its proximity to the greater Seattle area and the low elevation, visit Squak Mountain State Park any time of year, though June through September offer the best weather.

Permits

Make sure to have your Discover Pass before driving out.

Dog Info

Dogs are permitted on leash in Squak Mountain State Park.

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