Squak Mountain Trail Maintenance
Squak Mountain is located just south of Issaquah, Washington and lies between Cougar and Tiger Mountains, forming what is known as the Issaquah Alps. The original public ownership on Squak was a section of land on the top of the mountain that was donated to State Parks by the Bullitt family. Over the past 15 years, under the banner of the Mountains to Sound Greenway, significant additional land on Squak has come into public ownership, making it an important local resource for recreation activities.
Squak is the least known of the 3 primary mountains in the Issaquah Alps and public use levels are much lower here than on Tiger and Cougar. Many of these trails are either old forest roads or are user built trails that have been installed over the past 20 years. Over the past decade, the Greenway Trust has begun upgrading these trails to more sustainable standards so that Squak could begin to accommodate more users, as demand for outdoor recreation grows throughout this region. Today, Squak Mountain is home to over 2,000 acres of forest offering hiking, equestrian trails, and excellent wildlife habitat.
Volunteer work will include some much needed maintenance on these trails. Volunteers will be clearing out drainage, repairing tread, and brushing the trails.
For safety, volunteers are required to wear:
- Long pants (we’ll be working with tools, so no shorts!)
- Sturdy, close-toed shoes (absolutely no sandals)
In addition, we recommend that participants bring:
- Warm layers, especially during the fall, winter, and spring
- Rain gear
- Big sack lunch
- Water for the day (3 liters minimum)
- Small daypack for lunch, extra layers, etc.