Squak Mountain: May Valley Access

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Stewardship - Squak Mountain: May Valley Access

Stewardship day at Squak Mountain - join the Foothills Conservation Committee and Mountains to Sound Greenway in working on local trails!

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft

This activity will take place from 9am to 2pm.

Driving Directions

Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/9A7yPT26gdJ2

From Seattle, drive I-90 Eastbound to Exit 15 (WA 900 / 17th Ave NW). After driving through town, road name changes to Renton-Issaquah Road SE. 4 miles from the interstate, turn left on May Valley Road. Drive 2.5 miles to large sign for Squak Mountain State Park on your left - look for Greenway event staff and signs.

On the second Saturdays of every month, the Greenway Trust partners with Seattle Outdoor Adventurers (SOA) and the Foothills Chapter of the Mountaineers (the Mountaineers) to complete stewardship projects. Locations vary throughout the I-90 corridor.

Squak Mountain is located just south of Issaquah, Washington and lies between Cougar and Tiger Mountains, forming what is known as the Issaquah Alps. The original public ownership on Squak was a section of land on the top of the mountain that was donated to State Parks by the Bullitt family.  Over the past 15 years, under the banner of the Mountains to Sound Greenway, significant additional land on Squak has come into public ownership, making it an important local resource for recreation activities.

Squak is the least known of the 3 primary mountains in the Issaquah Alps and public use levels are much lower here than on Tiger and Cougar. Many of these trails are either old forest roads or are user built trails that have been installed over the past 20 years. Over the past decade, the Greenway Trust has begun upgrading these trails to more sustainable standards so that Squak could begin to accommodate more users, as demand for outdoor recreation grows throughout this region. Today, Squak Mountain is home to over 2,000 acres of forest offering hiking, equestrian trails, and excellent wildlife habitat.

Volunteer work will include some much needed maintenance on these trails. Volunteers will be clearing out drainage, repairing tread, and brushing the trails.

After registering on the Mountaineers' website for this activity, please also complete the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Volunteer Waiver prior to attending this activity.

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Squak Mountain: May Valley Access


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

For safety, volunteers are required to wear:

  • Long pants (we’ll be working with tools, so no shorts!)
  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes (absolutely no sandals)
  • Gloves

In addition, we recommend that participants bring:

  • Warm layers, especially during the fall, winter, and spring
  • Rain gear
  • Big sack lunch
  • Water for the day (3 liters minimum)
  • Small daypack for lunch, extra layers, etc.
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