March GoWalk!  L5  Urban Walks: 4 to 8 miles, 500 to 1000 feet of elevation gain - Downtown Issaquah

Field trip: GoWalk!: Beginner Urban Walking Series

March GoWalk! L5 Urban Walks: 4 to 8 miles, 500 to 1000 feet of elevation gain - Downtown Issaquah

GoWalk! Let's spend the morning walking both urban and forested trails in and around the town of Issaquah. Starting and ending at the Issaquah Community Center, we'll visit the Harvey Manning statue, the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery, Jakob Two Trees (the Issaquah Troll), an old school bus, and a very big and very old Douglas Fir. This is a 6.25 mile walk with nearly 550 ft of elevation gain.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.25 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 550 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2.0 mph

Meeting Place: Issaquah Community Center. Parking free, no pass required. Google Maps:

Meeting Time: 9 am, gear on and ready to go (pubic restroom in nearby community center)

Participation in 1 Urban Walk each month is required of GoWalk! participants. Enrollment in a second walk is encouraged

This walk combines an urban trail in the city of Issaquah with nearby forested trails in the Tradition Plateau area of the Tiger Mountain Lowlands. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots as it has been raining and we may encounter patches of mud and some rocky terrain.

Section 1 (1.25 miles, ~50 ft gain): We'll start at the Issaquah Community Center and take a counterclockwise loop, traveling north on the paved Rainier Trail to visit the Harvey Manning Statue, the Issaquah Alps Trail Club mosaic, and the Issaquah Depot Museum. We'll leave the Rainier Trail to explore the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (where a large number of Chinook are making their way up the Issaquah Creek), then back to the community center to visit Jakob Two Trees. For more information about Issaquah's newly installed troll, please visit: 

Section 2 (5 miles, ~500 ft gain): We'll continue southeast on the Rainier Trail to visit Tradition Plateau, veering off at High School Trail to start our ascent (330 feet, 0.75 miles). While on the plateau, we'll visit an old abandoned school bus, read the Swamp Monster story boards, and view the Big Tree. We'll take a fairly steep trail (-300 feet, 0.25 miles, similar steepness to Lincoln Park trail to beach but 2x longer) to get off the plateau. You may want trekking poles for this section, but it is doable without. Our last stretch will be on SE Bush St where we will pass the Issaquah Skeleton House, then back to the community center.

Cell phone service: consistent throughout the walk

Emergency access and egress: nearby


Issaquah, Downtown & Neighborhoods

Required Equipment

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You will receive a Hello Walker email from your trip leader prior to your selected urban walk that will provide you with details for the outing that you selected.

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