Registration is open for 2013 Sammamish Walks Season
The 2013 Sammamish Walks season is underway. We opened with a children’s “I Spy” walk at Sammamish Commons. The popular history walk at Pine Lake Park is scheduled for May. In June, we’ll have another children’s walk, this one at Beaver Lake Park. And in July, we’ll have our first-ever walk at Big Rock Park. Check out the full schedule by clicking on the “Saturday Walks” tab, above. To register, click on the green boxes on the right side of this page.
One of our regular walk leaders, Steve Thues, was featured in the April 28 edition of the Sunday Seattle Times. Check out the article, “Backpack on the Wild Side,” by clicking here.
Steve is just one of our many terrific leaders. Hope to see you on the trail.
Sammamish Landing Volunteer Opportunity
Come join us on May 18 at Sammamish Landing and help us clean up the park a bit. Enjoy the brand new dock with its fantastic view of Mount Rainier and, of course, meet new friends! To register and to get more details, click here.
To see photos of this waterfront park and to get directions, click on the Parks link, above, and select Sammamish Landing from the pull-down menu.
New Nonprofit Focuses on Trails
Sammamish Friends, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, provides opportunities for residents to sustain and improve the quality of life on and around the Sammamish plateau. This newly-formed organization will focus on habitat, trails, bog preservation and the overall enrichment of our community. To learn more, click here.
Owl Attacks at Soaring Eagle Park
A portion of the Soaring Eagle trail system was temporarily closed this past fall due to reports of owl attacks. No serious injuries were reported, but the owl did draw blood in one incident. King County Parks officials believe this was a juvenile barred owl, possibly going after a moving target, such as a ponytail or the top of a hat. For more information, check out the Sammamish Review article here and KING television coverage here. Keep reading to learn about a recent bear encounter at Soaring Eagle.
Bear Encounter – Soaring Eagle
Check out the latest reader comment under Soaring Eagle Park. A hiker encountered two full-grown black bears near trail marker 4. The hiker, who was not harmed, said the bears did not turn and run. Click here to read Washington Fish and Wildlife information about black bears and what you should do if you encounter one.