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Pretzel Tree Trail

Follow Field Mouse on a quick educational hike located on Squak Mountain.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.3 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is a great hike for you to take the kids on. The trail is short and has almost no elevation change to it. It also provides a... more »

Tips:  Directions:

The park is located just south of Issaquah. From I-90 East, take exit 17. Head south on Front Street, which turns into... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Pretzel Tree Trailhead

This is the start to the Pretzel Tree Trail. From here follow the trail to learn about the forest and some of the creatures in it. There are several information markers along the trail, explaining the role of certain animals.

2. Field Mouse Enters the Forest

The Field Mouse stood at the edge of the forest.
"I have never been in the forest before", thought the Field Mouse. "It is very dark and different it is full of unfamiliar shadows. The field where I live is open and bright. Should I go in? Who lives there? What is this place? Hello? Is anyone there? Hellooo"?

"Caw! Caw! Caw!" came a voice from... More

3. Field Mouse meets the Big Black Bird

"Caw! Caw!" said the big black bird as he looked up from his chores.
"Welcome visitor, to the Pretzel Tree Trail"

"Hello, I am the Field Mouse," responded the newcomer. "What is that you are doing?"

The bird lifted his head to one side as if to better see the visitor. "I am cleaning up the forest. I pick up what other animals leave behind. That... More

4. Field Mouse Encounters a Bug

"Work! Move it? Termites over here? Pill Pugs over there!
The Field Mouse looked over at a tree stump and saw many insects of different shapes and sizes. They were all very busy and quickly working on and around the stump.

"How do you do? I am the Field Mouse. I am on a journey to see the Pretzel tree," the Field Mouse addressed the bug with the ... More

5. Field Mouse meets the Treefrog

"Wow, this is an interesting part of the forest.
These trees look different I wonder what kind they are," the Field Mouse thought aloud.
"These trees are Big-Leaf Maples" croaked a voice from above.

"Who's there?" asked the Field Mouse.

"I am the Treefrog, I know all about the trees in the forest. It's my business to know. I am an indicator of ... More

6. The Pileated Woodpecker

Tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap.
The Field Mouse looked in the direction of the tap, tap, tapping sound. In the forest, clearing he saw a red headed bird perched on the side of a dead tree.

"Who are you?" asked the Field Mouse.

"I am the Pileated Woodpecker. I provide habitat. As I forage for food, I create places for other animals... More

7. Field mouse meets the Mountain Beaver

The Field Mouse suddenly notice a brown furry creature, it was carrying ferns and moving towards a small opening in the ground.

"How do you do? I am the Field Mouse."

"I do very well, thank you," answered the brown furry creature. "I am the Mountain Beaver, I don't often see forest visitors. I spend most of my time underground where I live. I... More

8. The Douglas Squirrel

The Field Mouse walked down the trail until he came upon an animal with large bushy tail that was busy digging a hole at the foot of a big tree.

"Hello, I am the Field Mouse, I have seen the Pretzel Tree and now I am going home." The Field Mouse sat down on a nearby log to rest. "The forest is a very busy place."

"Yes the forest is a busy... More

9. End of the Trail

The Field Mouse was nearing the end of the trail, it was time to return to his home in the field.
"Caw! Caw! Caw! He heard the Crow in the distance reminding him of his manners. He checked his pockets to make sure he didn't take anything that belongs to the forest and that he did not leave anything he brought to the forest.

The Field Mouse... More