September Hikes: 4 to 8 miles, 750 to 2,000 feet gain - Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access

Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series

September Hikes: 4 to 8 miles, 750 to 2,000 feet gain - Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access

Hike to view the massive fireplace and foundation of the former Bullitt family cabin, and continue on to Squak Central Peak. This counts toward your monthly required GoHike course hike for September.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,780 ft
  • Pace: 2.0

Meet at May Valley Trailhead at 8:30 am. After introductions and discussion of group goals and trail conditions, we will plan to start hiking by 8:45 am. Goal is to be back by 12:30 pm or so.

The park is located just south of Issaquah. Exit I-90 at Exit 15 and turning southbound on Issaquah-Renton Road, drive 4 miles, then turn left on the May Valley Road.  Drive 2.5 miles to the Squak Mountain State Park parking lot (21500 May Valley Road) on the left. Discover Pass required.

From the trailhead, the Bullitt Fireplace Trail heads steadily uphill. Along the way we will pass signed junctions with several other trails. Stay on the Bullitt Fireplace Trail and it will take you to the cabin site. 

Continue on the Bullitt Fireplace Trail another 0.3 miles beyond the fireplace and reach a junction with the Central Peak Trail, where we will turn right. In an additional 0.3 miles, with about 200 feet of elevation gain, reach the 2024-foot "summit" of Central Peak. Unfortunately, there is not a traditional view.

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Full details will be emailed shortly after registration closes on Sep 28. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions:


Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  1. Navigation: map, altimeter, compass, [GPS device], [PLB, satellite communicator, or satellite phone], [extra batteries or battery pack]
  2. Headlamp: plus extra batteries
  3. Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes, and sunscreen
  4. First aid: including foot care and insect repellent (if required)
  5. Knife: plus repair kit
  6. Fire: matches, lighter and tinder, or stove as appropriate
  7. Shelter: carried at all times (can be a lightweight emergency bivy)
  8. Extra food: beyond minimum expectation
  9. Extra water: beyond minimum expectation, or the means to purify
  10. Extra clothes: sufficient to survive an emergency overnight
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