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Squak Mountain

Squak Mountain (about 2,000 feet high) is the second most westerly mountain of the Issaquah Alps mountain chain in the U.S. state of Washington. It is situated between Cougar Mountain to the west and Tiger Mountain to the south. Interstate 90 also parallels the base of the north side of the mountain. Much of the Squak Mountain watershed drains in to Lake Sammamish. Much of the mountain is protected by Squak Mountain State Park and Cougar/Squak and Squak/Tiger Corridors of King County, USA.

The well-signed trail system consists mostly of abandoned roads that are narrowing to single-track trails, more so each year. One such road-trail leads to a foundation and fireplace that is the remnant of the Bullitt's summer home. Distant views are infrequent because of the forest; the attraction of Squak Mountain is the urban wilderness.

Residential development in Issaquah extends to the park boundary at about 1,100 feet in elevation. The park is accessed from a trailhead (elevation 740 feet) at the hairpin turn of Mountainside Drive in the north, and the signed state park entrance on May Valley Road in the south (elevation 350 feet). A lesser trailhead is found on the Renton-Issaquah Road on the west (elevation 400 feet). Other trailheads may be reached via Sycamore Drive SE and Sunrise Place SE.

Sources

  • Simpson, Douglas G. Squak Mountain: An Island in the Sky A history and trails guide to Squak Mountain, Issaquah Alps Trail Club.
  • Manning, Harvey & Penny. Walks & Hikes in the Foothills & Lowlands Around Puget Sound, The Mountaineers, Seattle, 1995.

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