Squak Valley North Trail

As we'd drive to Issaquah, Washington I watched the trails being built alongside Issaquah-Hobart Road. The Squak Valley North Trail sits below Squak Mountain, in the valley between it and Tiger. Finding the parking lots can be tricky, as they are not signed well. If coming towards Issaquah, from Hwy 18, the trailhead is on… Continue reading Squak Valley North Trail


Lake Sawyer Park

Lake Sawyer Park is tucked in a corner between Maple Valley, Black Diamond and Covington, Washington. It is a day use park, run by King County (free to use) with a few not so known trails tucked in. The trails are easy to walk and perfect for young children. The access for the trail is… Continue reading Lake Sawyer Park


Henry’s Ridge Natural Area: Pond to Pond Loop

Hidden just below a massive development sprawl in Maple Valley, Washington is the Henry's Ridge Natural Area, a massive greenbelt home to many trails operated under King County. Primarily used by mountain bikers, they are open to hikers and are free to use. While a trail map does exist (inquire at bike shops), the trails… Continue reading Henry’s Ridge Natural Area: Pond to Pond Loop


Lodge Lake

Lodge Lake sits just on the back side of the Snoqualmie Pass ski area off of I-90. Tucked into the quiet side, sits Lodge Lake...which due to its position above I-90 comes with backcountry campsites and 5 bars of digital phone service. Yet you will feel like you are in the wilderness when there. The… Continue reading Lodge Lake

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Fernwood Park

Fernwood Park is easily overlooked in the heart of Maple Valley, Washington. It is barely marked, has no official parking area, and is mostly used by teens as a place to hide from parents. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't visit it. The park itself sits in the center of many housing developments, and is… Continue reading Fernwood Park