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Issaquah is surrounded by 200 miles of hiking trails. Within minutes of downtown, hikers can leave behind urban stress for forest adventures on Cougar Mountain, Squak Mountain and Tiger Mountain.

On summer weekends, Paragliders can be seen launching themselves from Poo Poo into the atmosphere. Located at the west end of Tiger Mountain, the point got its name from logging signals using a whistle that made a “poo poo” sound. The trailhead from the hang-glider area is the steeper of two routes to Poo Poo point. The trail climbs steeply and steadily all the way to the top where you’ll find panoramic views of Squawk Mountain, Issaquah, and Lake Sammamish. There is also a clearing on the back side of the point with an amazing view of Mount Rainier.

In addition to the magnificent hiking in our Issaquah Alps, there are many trails around the city, including the seasonal Edible Landscape Tour along Gilman Blvd. The art trail lined with sculptures and works of art, not only a wonderful easy walk it is beautiful, educational, and inspirational.

Lake Sammamish State Park is a 512-acre day-use park with 6,858-feet of spectacular waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The area around the lake was an important culture zone for local Native American tribes for centuries. This beautiful park provides deciduous forest and wetland vegetation for the enjoyment of visitors. A salmon-bearing creek flows along a raised all-access boardwalk. This natural setting supports a Great Blue Heron rookery. Bald Eagles and many other bird species make it a bird-watchers’ paradise.

Destination Playground. A new all-access playground was completed in 2016. This $1.1 million playground at Sunset Beach includes a zip line, swings, rotating net, multiple climbing structures, mushroom house, coal mine, musical instruments, chess board and other adventures awaiting discovery.

Trails. The park includes 1.5 miles of hiking and biking trails from unpaved to paved and wooden.

Picnics. There are more than 800 picnic tables throughout the park, along with BBQ grills. Larger picnic shelters may be reserved for groups. Reserve at https://washington.goingtocamp.com/LakeSammamishStatePark or call (888) 226-7688 (888-CAMPOUT).

Beaches and boats. The park features two swimming areas, Sunset Beach and Tibbetts Beach, but no lifeguards. There is a bathhouse near each beach. Water activities include fishing, swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, paddle boarding. Kayak and SUP rentals are available in season. The park also features a public boat launch accessed off East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

Other activities. Horseshoe pits, softball fields, volleyball courts, wildlife viewing, birdwatching.

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