Most of the 2014 Sammamish Walks have been scheduled and registration will be available soon. Guided walks will be held monthly from April through October and — except for April — are held on the third Saturday of the month. Walks start at 10 AM and last for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
- Walks are led by volunteers – wildlife experts, naturalists, photographers, parks commissioners and others – all of them knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our regional parks and trails.
- Bring your cameras or binoculars but leave your dogs at home as we will be focusing on plants and wildlife.
Haiku in the Woods – April 12
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: In a repeat of a popular 2012 walk, poet Michael Dylan Welch will teach the basics of Haiku, a Japanese poetry form. He will then lead a walk along the Beaver Lake Park trail where – inspired by nature – you will be encouraged to write your own poetry. We’ll convene at Beaver Lake Lodge at 10:30. To register, email your name and phone number to Allison Gubata: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pine Lake Park History Walk – May 17
Join Sammamish Heritage Society members Nan Gordon and Steve Thues for a walk through Pine Lake Park. Learn about local history and about the geologic origins of the Sammamish Plateau as you move along the gentle trails that skirt the lake, cross wetlands and cut through dense woods.
TBD – June 21
This walk is undecided. We may go to the south side of I-90 to tackle one of the many Tiger Mountain trails in June. Let us know what you think.
Big Rock Park – July 19
This walk will be aimed at young walkers, led by guides experienced in introducing children to the wonders of nature. This beautiful property was named in recognition of the huge boulder, deposited during the last ice age, located along one of the beautiful and well-marked trails.
Evans Creek Preserve – August 16
Sammamish Parks Commissioner Brad Conner will lead this walk along trails and boardwalks constructed by volunteers and city staff over the past three years. Unlike our many densely-forested parks, this 179-acre property provides views of meadows and wetlands as you walk along newly-constructed trails and boardwalks.
Soaring Eagle – September 20
With 640 acres and almost 13 miles of trails, every walk through Soaring Eagle is a new experience. Our guide, Randy Jackson, knows every twist and turn in this fascinating and complex trail system and will stop from time to time to explain the trail markers, talk about wildlife and discuss the origins of this 640-acre King County Park.
Beaver Lake Preserve and Hazel Wolf Wetlands – October 18
Join Parks Commissioner Hank Klein and Audubon member Janice King on a 1.2-mile walk through one of our least-visited city parks. Spanning both sides of Beaver Lake Drive, this 67-acre forest, with mature trees and 1600 feet of Beaver Lake shoreline, is home to a variety of wildlife, including wood ducks, barred owls and the northern red-legged frog.