Squak Mountain is a 1545 acre park outside of Issaquah Washington, which is about 15 minutes from Seattle. You might perhaps recognize the name of Issaquah as the place where Ted Bundy abducted two women from Lake Sammamish Park. Yes, Washington and specifically the area around Seattle is known for its serial killers. But that's a story for another day.
We headed to Squak Mountain on January 2nd, 2017 after walking the Green River Trail (think Green River Killer) the day before. We didn't intend to be on a serial killer "path", it just happens sometimes. None the less Squak Mountain was awe inspiring although certainly isolated.
The fact that we had some lingering snow made it all the more beautiful.
There were places where the green ferns were completely free of snow and other spots like in the photo above the snow glistened and sparkled like a fairy wonderland.
The isolation was both wonderful and a little spooky at the same time. The landscape was a feast for the eyes. The trail was worn but also a bit cumbersome as we maneuvered tree roots, rocks, and the occasional horse droppings.
The trees went on forever, tall and majestic.
The trail went on for miles and we encountered a few other hikers and some horseback riders but not many. As you looked around you got a very real sense that you were the last people left on earth. Alone and silent, the woods stood in testament to the wonders of creation.
We hiked for about two hours and every curve brought new beauty to absorb. A very soul lifting experience and a great way to start 2017.