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Squak Mountain Connector Trail

Part of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  Often when hiking on this trail I find myself alone. Not because the trail is not worth hiking but because it is not well known. If... more »

Tips:  How to get here:

From I-90, take exit 15 and head south on Highway 900 for 3.3 miles. The trailhead marker will be on your right, see... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Crossroads

Here is an intersection for 3 different trails. North of this point will lead you up the mountain on the Wilderness Cliffs Trail. To the west you can travel on the Wilderness Creek Trail which can take you down to the parking area or on an alternate route to the top of the mountain. South will take you down the mountain on the Squak Mountain... More

2. Large Ferns

The second half of the trail is covered with dense ferns. There will be a few open pockets in the forest where light can come in but the majority of the trail is shady. Bring an extra layer of clothing on cooler days as the temperature may be cooler as you walk through the forest along this trail.

3. Small Creek

This is a small creek, more of a puddle really, that you will come across. On rainy days it will swell and you may have to carefully cross the water as there is no bridge over the water area, the water will never be deeper than 2-3 inches.

4. Rocky Beginning

The first half of the trail begins off with a steady climb up a rocky trail. The trail is wide and appears to have been an access road at one point. Most of the trail is covered in loose rocks so use caution as you make your way up.

A sturdy pair of hiking boots with ankle support will help on this section of the trail.

5. Trailhead Marker

This is the first trailhead marker on the trail. You will see the sign shortly after crossing over the metal gate that blocks the trail from motor vehicles.

Wilderness Cliff Trail 0.7 miles
Wilderness Creek Trail 0.8 miles
Wilderness Peak Trail 2.0 miles

6. Park Entrance

This is the start to the Squak Mountain Connector Trail. At the entrance is a small dirt pullout where 2-3 cars can be parked to access the park. There are no restrooms at this parking are but it is a short drive up the road to reach the main parking area. This is the best parking if you are planning to reach the summit.

If you wish to continue... More