It’s summer, but it won’t last forever.
Washington summers are an excellent way to escape the usually chilly weather and indulge in your outdoorsy side. But, what is there to do?
The largely residential city of Sammamish is ideally located to offers a vast variety of sporty opportunities. Whether you’re a mountain biker, a fish out of water, or a runner, the city has something new and exciting around every corner.
Though the Lake Sammamish State Park is technically inside Issaquah’s city limits, it’s only a stone’s throw away from the Issaquah-Sammamish border. This newly reimagined park has everything from a boat launch, paddle sports rentals, beach front access for swimmers, to water skiing across the beautiful Lake Sammamish waves.
Don’t like the water? That’s not a problem either. This 510-acre state park offers 1.5 miles of biking trails, 1.5 miles of hiking trails, two baseball fields, soccer fields, bird watching opportunities, and even camping opportunities if you’re feeling so inclined. The ample parking isn’t too shabby either!
Issaquah has Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park not too far away, but Sammamish has Soaring Eagle Regional Park. At an astounding 600-acres, Soaring Eagle boasts the natural wonder of Pacific Northwest forests, wetlands, and genuine wildlife habitat. Twelve miles of regularly used trails and paths, ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Since the paths are fairly flat and well-maintained, it’s perfect for families with baby strollers.
Another massive green space, is the Evans Creek Preserve. This 179-acre reservation offers meadows of wildflowers, wetlands, forested uplands, and 3.5 miles of trails. Though the trails are well-maintained, they zigzag through the natural landscape, and thus can be narrow, steep, or winding in some spots.
The East Lake Sammamish Trail also runs around Lake Washington to the east, connecting the cities of Issaquah and Redmond. Though on its own it stands at 11 miles, it’s only a few blocks to connect to the Rainier Trail in Issaquah, or the Marymoor Connector Trail in Redmond, Washington.
Enjoy golfing? Both the Sahalee Country Club and the Aldarra Golf Club offer marvelous experiences. A gentle, rolling terrain with mountain and water views offers an inviting, welcoming, and genuine golfing experiences.
Dozens of other parks offer more opportunities, but these parks display the variety and diversity in Sammamish’s Parks and Recreation department, including Beaver Lake Park, Klahanie Park, and the Sammamish Commons. And don’t forget, Sammamish is only an Interstate-90 car ride away from Seattle, and the beautiful waterfront opportunities of the sound-side city!
What are your favorite summer activities?