Getting Kids Out Into Nature

Soaring Eagle Regional Park

Distance: There are 12 miles of trails in the park.

Elevation Gain: Some trails are relatively flat; others can have up to 300 feet elevation gain/loss.

Season: Year-round.

Description: This 600-acre park was formerly part of the State Trust Land, but now is a haven for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. You’ll find mixed forest habitats, streams, wetlands, ponds and lakes. This natural area is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including larger animals such as black bear, deer, and bobcat. You’ll also find lots of birds and native plants.  You can decide if you want to stay on the wide and gentle Pipeline Trail, or venture off onto rougher trails to visit other corners of the park.

Directions: The main address is 26015 East Main Dr, Sammamish. From I-5 or I-405 take Hwy 520 east to Redmond. Exit at Hwy 202/Redmond Way, and turn right.  Drive about 5 miles and turn right onto 244th Ave. NE. Drive 1.7 miles and turn left onto East Main Dr.; follow to the end. Near the water towers, there is a paved parking lot.  For other entrance points, see the website. Parking is free; you won’t need a pass.

Links: Learn more about this park here. You can download and print out a topographic trail map.