CHS 2 Hike - May Valley Loop

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - May Valley Loop

A nice forested loop close to Seattle. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

8 am at Squak Mountain State Park parking lot (May Valley Loop Trailhead, off SE May Valley Rd)

Discover Pass required

This hike follows the May Valley Loop trail up past the Bullitt Fireplace to the true summit of Squak, before heading down the Equestrian trail back to the parking lot. The trail can be muddy in spring, so consider wearing gaiters and bringing trekking poles.

Please remember to follow all of the required COVID protocols. You must have the required face covering (mask, neck gaiter, bandana) and hand sanitizer in your possession to participate in this hike. The face covering must be able to cover the mouth and nose when we pass close to others. Be prepared to step off the trail or turn outward when passing other hikers and maintain social distancing. Carpooling is limited to household members.


Squak Mountain: May Valley Access

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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