IssaquahKing County in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.
Bus: From downtown Seattle, take King County Metro routes 210, 214 and 215 or Sound Transit route 554 to the Issaquah Transit Center
Car: Interstate 90 eastbound, take exit 15 or exit 17 (Front Street). The main east-west roads are Gilman and Newport Way. Front Street runs north-south through downtown.
Bicycle: Bike lanes run east-west along W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE (north of I-90, preferred) and Newport Way NW (south of I-90). If coming from Sammamish, it is recommended you avoid the segment of Front Street/East Lake Sammamish between Gilman and SE 56th as there is no bike lane until you've crossed through one of Issaquah's busiest retail areas. (Alternate route takes you along the soft trail past this.)
Bicycle: Bike lanes run east-west on Gilman, though alternative routes (Newport Way, W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy see above) have less traffic. If you need to cross I-90, the best route is the pedestrian trail adjacent to 4th Ave NW. Front Street/Issaquah Pine Lake between Gilman and SE 56th street has extremely heavy vehicle traffic.
Poo Poo Pointaddress: Chirico TrailA viewpoint accessible by hike 2,000 ft above sea level. This is the take off point for parasailing operations in the area
Salmon DaysHeld the first weekend of October, this large festival celebrates the return of the salmon up Issaquah Creek to the hatchery. Vendors, music and parades, in addition to viewing the salmon.
- Hiking the Issaquah Alps, consisting of nearby Cougar, Squak and Tiger Mountains.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland ParkCougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park (CMRWP) is a 3000+ acre park with 36 miles of hiking trails (12 miles suitable for equestrian use). It showcases a variety of natural features from forests and waterfalls to meadows and cliffs. There are four primary trailheads, each offering a different experience.
Squak Mountain State ParkSquak Mountain is the second most westerly mountain of the Issaquah Alps mountain chain in Washington state. It is situated between Cougar Mountain to the west and Tiger Mountain to the east. There are 13 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of which are suitable for equestrian use. There are a number of geocaches placed within the park (see geocaching.com)
As with all Washington State Parks, a Discover Pass is required for parking ($10/day, $30/year). One can be purchased in a variety of places (e.g., Fred Meyer) or online at the state site http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/
Tiger Mountain State ForestWest Tiger Mountain NRCA comprises the easternmost of the "Issaquah Alps." The NCRCA encompasses 4,430 acres that range in elevation from 470 feet above sea level at Tradition Plateau to 2,948 feet at the summit of West Tiger Peak 1, the highest of three peaks within the natural area. The City of Issaquah owns most of the Tradition Plateau that is adjacent to the NRCA. The city co-manages the land with the Natural Areas Program at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
As with all Washington State Parks and Forests, a Discover Pass is required for parking ($10/day, $30/year). One can be purchased in a variety of places (e.g., Fred Meyer) or online at the state site http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/ if parking at the access point above. There are numerous other access points (as the park is big) which are free.
address: 125 W. Sunset WayWe strive to tell the story of salmon here in such a way that fosters a natural, life-long commitment to their well being.
phone: +1 425 392-3500address: 150 First Avenue NE
phone: +1 425 392-3500address: 165 SE Andrews StFrom the Gilman Town Hall Museum Website- "This exhibit tells the story of Issaquah's past through hundreds of photographs and artifacts and a variety of interactive elements. Come see one of Issaquah's original water pipes, a rare Native American fur trade knife, and graffiti hidden for 75 years inside the walls of the fish hatchery. Set off an imaginary charge with an authentic dynamite blaster, ring a logging camp bell or listen to the music of the Squak Valley Hot Shots."
phone: +1 425 455-7010address: 2000 NW Sammamish State ParkLake Sammamish State Park is a 512-acre day-use park with 6,858 feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The area around the lake was an important culture zone for local Native American tribes for centuries. The park provides deciduous forest and wetland vegetation for the enjoyment of visitors. A salmon-bearing creek and a great-blue-heron rookery are additional features.
The park includes diverse natural wetlands, a large great blue heron rookery and the salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The park has one of the largest freshwater beaches in the greater Seattle area.
phone: +1 206 406-9838address: 195 Front StA creative Tea Studio where you can experience different types of teas and tea related culture.
Issaquah BrewhouseThe home of the Rogue Brewery, which creates a range of excellent beers. These beers are destined not only for patrons' livers but the food itself at their excellent restaurant. Few menu items do not include beer in the ingredients, be they the beer-cheddar soup or the barbecue sauce. The burgers here can be ordered with Kobe-style beef, and topped with Nueske's bacon for a carnivorous experience far beyond that of the average bar and grill. Ideal as a refueling stop after hiking on I-90's myriad trails.
phone: +1 425 837-3600address: 1800 NW Gilman Blvd
phone: +1 425 392-6421address: 1801 12th Avenue Nw
phone: +1 425 392-8405address: 1885 15th Place NWDogs are possible