Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running

Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry

Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Squak Mountain: May Valley Access

Learn and practice trail running skills at a local frontcountry trail.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

Place: Parking lot for Squak Mountain state park at 21500 May Valley Road, Issaquah, WA 98027.

Time: 6:45 PM for introductions. On trail and running by 7:00 PM.
Discover Pass required. There is an outhouse at this parking lot.

Directions: The park is located just south of Issaquah. Exit I-90 at Exit 15 and turning (right or left) southbound on Issaquah-Renton Road, driving 4 miles, then turning left on the May Valley Road and then driving 3 more miles to the Squak Mountain State Park parking lot (21500 May Valley Road) on the left.

Another alternative for those coming from Issaquah and east: Go south on Front Street through downtown Issaquah (changes to Issaquah-Hobart Road) for about five miles. Turn right (west) on to SE May Valley Road. The trailhead parking is on right after around 1.5 miles.

Capacity will be adjusted in accordance with current public health guidance and Mountaineers COVID-19 policy.



Squak Mountain: May Valley Access

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses.
  • Trail running shoes
  • A runners vest or small day pack 
  • Bring snacks (fuel) and water (electrolytes).
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