Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access


Day Hike - Debbie's View via Bullitt Fireplace Trail

Visit the best south-facing viewpoint on Squak Mountain, our lunch stop, via the historic Bullitt Trail through a scenic wilderness, which is the easiest access route..

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,800 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10:30 AM by the  entrance to the  Safeway Store at 735 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA. 98027.  It is reached by taking Exit 15 southbound onto 17th Ave NW from I-90, turning left at NW Gilman Blvd, right at 7th Ave NW and right again into the Safeway parking lot.

The Safeway store has restrooms at the rear of aisle 4, reached by going through a set of double doors.  The store has a deli serving hot food that will be open when we are there.  Arrive early if you want to make a deli purchase.  A mask must be worn in the store and be available to put on during the hike, as needed.

From the Safeway store, we will caravan to the trailhead, which involves turning right onto 7th Ave NW,  right again onto NW Juniper Street, right at Newport Way NW, left at the intersection to stay on Newport Way NW, left at 12th Ave NW, which becomes  Olympus Drive NW, right to stay on Olympus Drive NW, which becomes Mountain Park Blvd SW and right at Mountainside Dr. SW.  At the start of the hairpin turn, park along the right side of the road, where there is ample parking available.

The trailhead is at the south end of the hairpin turn and is marked by a sign.  No parking pass is required there, because it is outside the Park.  This is the start of the Bullitt Trail, which had been the road the Bullitt family drove to their cabin at the top of the mountain.  We are able to do this hike, because the Bullitt family donated their land, involving the top of Squak Mountain, to the State of Washington to become Squak Mountain State Park, with a restriction that it be reserved only for hikers.

Due to vandalism over the years, all that is left of the Bullitt cabin is a concrete slab and a chimney with a fireplace in it.  Trees have grown up to block the view from the cabin.  So we will fork off of the Bullitt trail to reach Debbie's View, which will provide us a magnificent, unimpeded view toward the south, with the Renton Highlands in the foreground and Mt. Rainier in the background.  There is a bench there where a lucky few can sit.  There are other comfortable spots for the others to sit to eat their lunch.  We will return by the same route.  The hiking route is a steady grade to the top of the ridge and then mostly level from there to Debbie's View.



Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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