S’no Joke Hike
Redmond Watershed Preserve Wander
Thursday, May 25th
Imagine meandering in a forest, exploring 800 acres in Redmond’s backyard. Multiple signs give you options for shorter or longer routes from the parking lot. Choose your wanderings or choose the one below.
We will hike a 4.5-mile long loop starting from the parking lot. Take the Trillium Trail and the Siler’s Mill Trail by connecting them with multi-use trails. The grade is gentle and the trails are mostly in good condition. The loop goes up and down and gains about 400 feet total in elevation. The trails run through second-growth forest of Douglas firs, cedars, cottonwoods and maples. The trees are covered with moss and the ground is covered with sword ferns. Enjoy the chirping of birds, the croaking of frogs, and the smell of fir trees.
Afterwards we will choose one of the many spots in Redmond for libations. For beer lovers there’s Postdoc Brewing, a cocktail bar Woodblock, the Matador for a Tex-Mex variety, or, well, dozens of others.
Driving directions: From Seattle, drive east on SR 520 until it becomes Avondale Road. Continue on Avondale Road, and after 1 mile go slight right at the fork onto Novelty Hill Road before the traffic light. Go straight for 2.3 miles, and turn left at Redmond Watershed Preserve sign across from 218th Ave NE. The parking lot has room for about 40 cars. There is a modern restroom, picnic tables, and a parking lot for horse trailers.
Hike Leader: Julie Byington. email@example.com, 206-755-5987.
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