Day Hike - Margaret's Way


Day Hike - Margaret's Way

This is a moderate hike through a wooded second growth forest. We'll visit an overlook with a view to the south featuring Mount Rainier in the distance.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft

We'll meet at 9:00 a.m. at Tibbetts P&R and consolidate into cars to drive to the trailhead a few miles away.  To get to the P&R - from I-90, take Exit 15 and head south on SR900 (also known as 17th Ave NW), after a few blocks take a left on Newport Way NW, then take the first right into the outdoor parking lot.

This is a mentored hike for Kari Durr.  Join us for a Saturday morning leg stretcher on Squak Mountain and be home in time for afternoon chores or other weekend activities!  We'll travel up Margaret's Way to the tune of trickling creeks in deep ravines through a cool forest thick with moss-laden big leaf maple, cedar, western hemlock, and Douglas-fir trees.  We'll take a short break (for snacks or perhaps an early lunch!) at Debbie's View which is a delightful lookout point with views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding foothills.  This is an out and back hike. From the trailhead our route will follow Margaret's Way to its end, then we will turn right on Chybinski, then right on the Perimeter Loop, followed by another right to reach our midway point at Debbie's View.  Roundtrip mileage clocks in at just over 6 miles.

Participants should be able to maintain a moderate 2.0 mph pace. 10 Essentials are required!  According to recent trip reports, the trail may be sporting a few muddy spots so gaiters are recommended if you have them.

Hope for sun, plan for rain!  Link to trailhead weather forecast: 


Margaret's Way

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11.  A smile!
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