Day Hike - Margaret's Way to Debbie's View


Day Hike - Margaret's Way to Debbie's View

A moderate hike of 6 miles and 1500’ gain on Squak Mountain, nestled between Cougar and Tiger Mountains. Offering a dense forest of big leaf Maples, Cedars, Western Hemlock and Douglas Fir, ending at the Squak Mountain Trail system turning to Debbie’s View point, when on a clear day, you can see Mt. Rainier.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,730 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2 mph

Meeting place, Squak Mountain Lodge parking lot:  Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30 AM, carpooling encouraged. Contact me for assistance in finding carpool partners, and please note you are responsible for arranging your own carpools.

Google map location to trail head:

Parking pass not required at this lot.

There is an easy-to-miss large blue sign indicating Cougar Mountain Recreation area, turn there as parking lot is directly ahead. This is our meeting place.

This is a great conditioning hike with a moderate but steady incline. Where the trail meets Chybinski Loop, we will head off for a short distance to Debbie’s View, where on a clear day, beautiful views of the valley and Mt. Rainier can be enjoyed. Although this hike is at 5.5, the short excursion to Debbie's View adds a bit to our overall trip, but not in elevation. Here we will stop, enjoy a light snack, take some photo opps, and head back down!

Although this is a well-maintained trail, it can be very muddy in places, with exposed roots throughout. In addition to your ten essentials, make sure you have waterproof boots, gaiters, and rain shell/jacket.

This is a moderate hike, with steady elevation gain, moderately steep in some places, but not for long distances. Hiking poles are recommended. We will be hiking at a moderate pace, with a few short breaks before reaching Debbie’s View point.  I recommended that you be able to demonstrate that you have the conditioning and experience necessary to complete and enjoy this trip successfully. I strongly suggest you having completed a hike of similar distance and gain within a month of this hike. If you are unsure, please email me and we can discuss further.

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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. Gaiters
  12. Waterproof boots/hiking shoes
  13. Rain jacket/shell
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