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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Squak Mountain-Eastside Loop

  • Apr 13, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS! Please meet me at the Issaquah Park and Ride (The directions to the trailhead can be confusing and there is VERY limited parking. Thank you).

Question: What’s the EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL? Answer: Conditioning hikes scheduled early SUNDAY mornings to invigorate your hiking senses, get you out of the gym, make friends and have fun!



0730am – Depart Eastgate Park and Ride (WEST LOT) ***We always meet in the WEST LOT at the Eastgate Park and Ride. Please note, we leave promptly at 0730am from the WEST LOT. [WE DO NOT MEET NOT UNDER THE OVERPASS…go to the other side-don’t get left behind!] Carpooling strongly encouraged due to lack of parking at many trailheads.

0800am - Depart Trail head (approximation) -Please ‘LIKE’ in the comments section if meeting at the P&R-I will post a comment accordingly.


The 10 essentials. [I am NOT going to do a check of items for the Sunday morning hikes; use common sense and be safe on your hike].

Headlamp! [which is part of your 10Es] flashlight, etc. *A headlamp check will be conducted at the trailhead…if you do not have one you may be turned away-this is for your safety. Pace: I personally hike about 2.5-3 mph uphill (about the same coming down). Understandably, most folks might be at a different pace. I have had folks with various paces arrive for these hikes-you are bound to find someone on the hike at your pace; just know that this is intended to be a conditioner for your personal goals. This is not a “stop and smell the roses” group, this is a work out and we do maintain a faster pace!

Rain Policy: I hike, snowshoe, backpack rain, sleet, snow, shine…we live in Washington! Don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying the outdoors. I’ve never heard of anyone melting from a little rain ;)


We will primarily stick to the Issaquah Alps and North Bend area; below are the hikes for various hiking locations in the area (Please reference title).

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain; Round Trip: 3ish miles; Elevation Gain: 1650 ft; Highest Point: 1850 ft; User info: Dogs allowed on leash. Driving Directions:
[Don’t follow the directions given on WTA site…use these instead]: Heading East on I-90 take the Front Street Exit (Exit 17). Turn right. Merge onto Front Street (keep left to go straight). You will stay on Front Street, which turns into Issaquah-Hobart Road SE. After about three miles you will see the trail head and landing area for Chirico Trail Head on the left.

TALUS LOOP HIKE DETAILS: Location: Mount Si/Talus Loop

North Bend Area; Round Trip: 3.7 miles; Elevation Gain: 1750 ft; Highest Point: 2120 ft; User info: Dogs allowed on leash, Discover Pass required Driving Directions to Trailhead (Per WTA site):
From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 mile to North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on Mount Si Road. The large trailhead parking lot is on the left, 2.5 miles down the road.

RATTLESNAKE LEDGE: Location: Rattlesnake Ledge 3; Roundtrip: 4.0 miles (a little longer for the third ledge); Elevation Gain 1160ft; highest point 2078 ft.; User Info: Dogs allowed on leash; no pass or permit required!

Driving Directions:
From Seattle drive 32 miles east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn right (south) on 436th Avenue SE (Cedar Falls Road SE) and drive about 4 miles to the well-developed Rattlesnake Lake parking area on the right.


Location: Teneriffe Falls (North Bend Area); Round Trip: 5.0 miles*; Elevation Gain: 1200 ft
Highest Point: 1576 ft; User info: Dogs allowed on leash, Discover Pass required
Driving Directions: From I-90, take exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 miles to SE North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on SE Mt Si Road. In approximately 3.5 miles (past the Little Si and Mt Si trailheads), you will reach a small parking area on the left (directly across from 480th Ave). This is known as the school bus turnaround, and, if you are parking here on school days, park close to the gate. The trailhead is unsigned except for a notice that a Discover Pass is required to park here.

North Bend Area; Round Trip: 3.0 miles; Elevation Gain: 500 ft; Highest Point: 1000 ft
Features: Rivers, waterfalls, Old growth; User info: Discover Pass required
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 34. Turn south on 468th Avenue SE and proceed about 0.5 mile. Immediately before the South Fork Snoqualmie River bridge, turn left (east) on SE 159th Street and drive 0.5 mile to the trailhead parking lot at the road's end.

North Bend Area; Round Trip: 3.0 miles; Elevation Gain: 900 ft; Highest Point: 1880 ft
Features: Mountain views, Old growth, summits; User info: Discover Pass required
Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn right (south) on 436th Avenue SE (Cedar Falls Road SE) and drive about 4.5 miles, passing the Rattlesnake Lake parking area, until you find the Iron Horse Trailhead parking area on the left.

Issaquah Alps Area; Round Trip: 7.0 miles; Elevation gain 1700 ft; Highest Point: 2025
Features: Rivers, waterfalls, wildlife; User info: No pass or permit required
Directions: [Directions to come]

Post Script: Each week the hike will change. If you have other hikes that you know well, or suggestions: I am willing to try new trails! Always up for a new adventure! Many of my groups like to go out for a bite and a beer after. You are under no obligation to do so, but it is one of my favorite parts of the evenings! Don't forget to change your RSVP if you change your mind...I will mark you as a no show otherwise. Also, please refrain from making negative comments on the sites and understand that as a host I work really hard in my personal and professional life; I do these hikes for fun. Thank you! [Oh, and the questions in the RSVP are more-so for you to consider.]

Q1: Do you run? A: Some of the folks on my hikes like to run; the majority of folks who attend these hikes maintain a moderate pace (we stop once in a while, but this is not a stroll). It is important for me to keep all hikers at a similar skill level for group safety. Please reach out to me if you are concerned about your skill level.
Q2: Will you still hike in the rain? A: Yes, a little light rain never hurt
anyone…unprepared for the rain though could; please come prepared for ANY weather condition.
Q3: Do I have to bring a headlamp? A: Yes, any sort of lamp or torch to get you down safely.
Q4: Why do you limit your group numbers? A: While I appreciate the enthusiasm folks have for the outdoors, the mountains are usually pursued to enjoy peace and serenity. As a courtesy to others on the trail and some trail regulations only allowing a maximum of 12 persons in a group I choose to maintain smaller groups. Additionally, there is only one of me, and many of you, it is for group safety to have smaller groups. Please do not “piggy-back” off of my hikes, thank you.

Q5: Where do you meet? A: I will always meet in the NORTHWEST area of the WEST LOT at the Eastgate Park and Ride…look for the lot closest to the hotel. Please note, with changes of season we will be leaving promptly at 0730am from the WEST LOT.
Q6: What do you look like; how will I find you? A: I look just like my picture…and you will find me standing with others in the WEST LOT. When at the trailhead you can identify me with a group of people.
Q7: Do you allow dogs on your hikes? A: I love dogs, but I do ask that dog owners be conscious that others on my hikes may not. As always, leash laws are to be obeyed as are  scoop laws. Otherwise, Fido is always welcome on my hikes. (please reference trail requirements)
Q8: Should I tip the driver? A: Carpooling is a great benefit and tipping the driver is always appreciated, but not required. Please keep in mind that the driver is not only providing gas, but also wear and tear on their automobile and they paid for the park passes.

SAFETY POLICY: Meet-up organizers/leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meet-up event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meet-up event against the organizers of this Meet-up group.

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  • Sandi B.

    Enjoyable hike. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day!

    Thanks Lea!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Alex K.

    R we meeting in the parking garage?

    April 13, 2014

  • Rachel

    sorry for the last minute cancel, I won't be able to make it this morning. enjoy the hike

    April 13, 2014

  • Joe O

    Too short for me! I need to burn up more energy

    April 11, 2014

    • Leah

      Joe, we need more leaders who are willing to do the longer/more challenging hikes. I am trying to help folks build themselves up for the beginning of the year. This might be low in elevation, but we will be at a fast clip. Please contact me (anyone can do so) with interest in hosting!

      April 12, 2014

  • andy

    Hi, this is my first hike with this group (yay - Hi!).

    I'm confused if the group is meeting at the Issaquah Transit Center @[masked]th Ave NW ...or... the Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride @ 1755 Highlands Drive NE?

    Do folks carpool from that location or just meet up to get their bearings together and then follow one another in their own vehicles?

    I checked the FAQ but didn't see the specific questions so please forgive if I ask anything that's been answered already somewhere else (in case I overlooked)..


    April 11, 2014

  • Sandi B.

    (transit center)

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Sandi B.

    I will be at the park & ride

    April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really like the trails at Squak, so maybe see you folks on the trail Sunday. Would love to join but watching Paris-Roubaix in the morning and it won't be over 'till 8:00am :)

    April 11, 2014

  • Leah

    PLEASE READ DETAILS within! Thank you!

    2 · April 11, 2014

    • Margaret

      Squauk it is. Yay. Thanks. See u on Sunday.

      April 11, 2014

  • Leah

    Joe, I am thinking to do Mt Si in a couple of weeks as a "last push" to help people gage where they are at with their skills. Mailbox is a really big push and a longer hike (I would probably do that as an all day hike, and I know of an organizer who used to do Monthly mail checks-maybe he will start them up again????) See you all Sunday!

    April 11, 2014

  • Margaret

    Hi Leah, where are we going on Sunday? Do we know yet? :D

    April 10, 2014

  • Joe O

    Can I vote for Mailbox or Mt Si? :-)

    April 7, 2014

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