The 2014 Sammamish Walks season is over, but read below to learn about the program. And stay tuned for the 2015 line-up, which should be posted by February. Guided walks are held monthly from April through October on the third Saturday of the month. The 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 – CLOSED
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: email@example.com.
Pine Lake Park History Walk – May 17 – CLOSED
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.
Register for the May 17 Pine Lake Walk here
Tiger Mountain Walk – June 21 – CLOSED
We plan to go to the south side of I-90 for an easy walk around Tradition Lake on Tiger Mountain. Please note: A Discover Pass is required to park at the trailhead. We recommend that you buy an annual pass, but one-day passes are available. Or, if you don’t wish to buy a pass, be sure to carpool with someone who has one.
Directions: From I-90, take exit 20 and then turn right onto the frontage road paralleling the Interstate. In just under 0.5 mile, you will reach a gate, opened daily. Continue beyond the gate for another 0.4 mile to the main parking lot. We will meet at the trailhead near the parking lot.
Register for the June 21 Tiger Mountain Walk here
Childrens’ Walk at Big Rock Park – July 19 – CLOSED
Join us and encounter the wonders of nature at Big Rock Park. Discover the plants and trees and learn what animals they might be hiding. Listen for the sounds of life and observe how the environment changes with the seasons.
This walk is open to children, ages 5 to 12, and their families, and will be led by Nature Vision, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering appreciation and stewardship of our environment. It will last for approximately one hour and cover just under a mile. Meet at the entrance to Big Rock Park on SE 8th Street. This walk is sponsored by Sammamish Friends.
Register for the July 19 Children’s walk at Big Rock Park here
Evans Creek Preserve – August 16 – CLOSED
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.
Register for the August 16 Evans Creek walk here
Soaring Eagle – September 20 – CLOSED
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.
Register for the September 20 Soaring Eagle walk here
Beaver Lake Preserve and Hazel Wolf Wetlands – October 18 – CLOSED
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.
Register for the October 18 Beaver Lake Preserve/Hazel Wolf Wetland walk here