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Pretzel Tree Trail

Issaquah Alps


Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain
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0.3 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.


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This short, easy, year-round trail meanders under the cool, protective trees of Squak Mountain State Park. It is a treat for kids because of the story boards and for adults who may like to wander in the woods before or after their hike up Double Peak Loop Trail. Story boards along the trail illustrate the adventures of Field Mouse as he meets local forest creatures and discovers their importance in the ecosystem on his search for the Pretzel Tree. Birds and various kinds of natural habitat abound.

Restrooms and trail maps are on the right side of the parking lot as you enter from the street. The trailhead is on the left side of the parking lot. The first 30 feet of the trail is shared with the beginning of Double Peak Loop Trail, which is also used by local equestrians. After this section, cross the gravel road and go through the wooden horse barriers to Pretzel Tree Trail.

Follow the trail to the right with the first story board. The boards are usually not within sight of each other but come into view after a few steps from the last board. First meet Field Mouse who decides to go on an adventure from the sunny meadow to the dark woods. Then meet the various animals in the woods as they explain their jobs: the crow picks up garbage; termites and bugs transform a tree into a nurse log; etc. Finally come upon the now-infamous pretzel tree -- two intertwined tree trunks towering into the sky.

Birds abound in this low-lying area that walks past a semi-open marsh. If you're lucky, woodpeckers or flickers may be out knocking on the trees. A tree with their evidence is part of the interpretive trail.


Pretzel Tree Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4819, -122.0542 Open map in new window


Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

Washington State Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

60 Hikes within 60 miles of Seattle (as part of entry for Squak Mountain / Double Peak Loop Entry)

USGS Bellevue South

Maple Valley

National Geographic Issaquah Alps Mount Si 824

Squak Mountain Trails Map

Buy the Green Trails Cougar Mountain No. 203S map

Getting There

Eastbound on I-90. Take Exit 15 (17th Ave NW / WA 900). Turn right (South). After going through town, road is renamed Renton-Issaquah Road SE. At 4 miles from Interstate, turn left on SE May Valley Road. Drive 2.5 miles to the large entrance sign for Squak Mountain State Park on your left.

Take Transit

Take the bus to the trailhead!

For the 2021 hiking season, Trailhead Direct will once again be providing transit service from the Seattle area to popular trails in the area. Stay tuned!

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