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Central Peak Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 20 July 2016

Length: 4.6 miles

Location: Issaquah, King County

GPS Coordinates: N 47 31.383 W 122 03.466

Pictures below will take you on a virtual tour around this hike that suits every hiker! Enjoy it!

Description:

Central Peak in Squak Mountain State Park can be achieved through the Bullitt Fireplace Trail and Central Peak Trail. Total length of the trail is 4.6 miles.

Both of the trails are well-maintained and easy to hike. After the rain they get muddy. From the parking lot the hikers are taken in the forest, most of the hike is under forest canopy, so the views from the open spaces are limited here.

The trail system in the Squak State Park is extensive, but also it is well-marked. It is easy to find your way there.

The biggest part of Squak Mountain was privately owned by Bullitt family. After a short walk from the parking lot hikers will see the Bullitt Fireplace. This is the only thing that has remained from a family vacation home.

After passing the Bullitt Fireplace, the trail intersects with the Central Peak Trail. The trail goes up and becomes steeper. Soon you’ll reach the summit and will enjoy the views of the town of Issaquah and other parts of the area.

Several words should be said about the Squak Mountain itself. This mountain is situated between Cougar Mountain to the west and Tiger Mountain to the east. Squak Mountains consists of three main peaks: the Central Peak with an elevation of 2024 ft, the West Peak with an elevation of 1995 and the Southeast Peak, its elevation is 1673 ft.

Squak Mountain Park was established in 1972. The part of the land was granted to the city by the Bullitt family. Right now the territory of the park is 1,545 acres.

These picture were taken on June 07, 2016

How to get to the park:

Take I-90 and exit 17. Continue right onto Front Street N and follow the road till W Sunset Way. Sunset Way changes into Mountain Park Boulevard. In about 0.9 miles turn left onto Mountainside Drive. Continue going to the parking lot.

Map:

In order to get directions click on the link below

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska

Information: Marina Petrova

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