Just a short, 15-minute drive east from Seattle and you’re in the middle of a 1,545-acre wilderness park, filled with miles of hiking and horseback riding trails that wind through forests and meadows, and where runners will pass alongside creeks and streams as well as narrow ravines on their way through the park.
Organized by 4th Dimension Racing, a locally based running and race management company that features the Lake Sammamish Half as part of its Evergreen Trail Runs series — which also includes half marathon races in Grand Ridge and Taylor Mountain nearby — the Squak Mountain trail races feature four race distances: a full marathon, a half marathon, a 12K & a 50K, and mark their 7th annual running in the spring of 2016.
For all three races, runners follow out-and-back routes that start and finish at the aid station near the radio facility inside the Squak Mountain State Park Natural Area, which lies just south of Issaquah on Southeast May Valley Road.
At more than 2,000 feet above sea level, the mountain offers quite a challenge for runners in any of the three race distances, all of which take runners on loop routes that wind both down and back up the mountain before bringing them in to the finish back at the aid station.
Along the way, runners will get to see a little piece of the history of the Seattle and northwest Washington area, as the land for the park was donated back in 1972 by the Bullitt family, a prominent Seattle family who are locally famous for founding King Broadcasting and Pacific Northwest magazine.
The land that now makes up the park was once the family’s summer home, and the fireplace from the home is all that remains — and today it’s a popular hiking destination for park visitors.
As this is a mountain trail race, runners will definitely want to be ready for the challenges of the up-and-down terrain — the half marathon features an overall elevation gain of 3,650 feet.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northwestern Washington state, just over 17 miles east of Seattle, Issaquah typically sees cool to mild weather conditions in April, a month that has brought record temperatures as low as 23 degrees (in 1935) and as high as 88 degrees (in 1934).
On race day (April 8), the average low is 37°F and the average high is 56°F.
- 2016 Squak Mountain Trail Run Results
- 2015 Squak Mountain Trail Run Results
- 2014 Squak Mountain Trail Run Results
- 2013 Squak Mountain Trail Run Results
- 2012 Squak Mountain Trail Run Results
- 8:00 AM – full marathon, 50K
- 9:00 AM – half marathon
- 9:30 AM – 12K
- $41 – $56 for the half marathon
- $48 – $64 for the full marathon
- $36 – $51 for the 12K
- $53 – $73 for the 50K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Issaquah’s Squak Mountain Half Marathon, 12K or 50K trail race, visit the event website here.
Official Race Website
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