Soaring Eagle Regional Park — Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail:
Muddy or wet trail.
Soaring Eagle is a park hidden on the Sammamish Plateau but well worth the effort to get there and walk. The Park is hidden in suburban developments and was difficult to find for us (thank ST. Steve and his I-Phone) but we did make it without to many problems once I talked with Siri. The park is a wooded area with no real views but lots of solitude and a fair amount of mud in some sections. Our group hiked the part perimeter including the Double D, Sleigh Ride, Northwest Passage, Blue Jay Way (this trail has some nasty mud hole sections near the 'swamp', Devils Slide, Lighting, Bear Way, Creek Bed, Camino Espinosa and Pipeline Trails. The trip was about 5.5 miles in total and enjoyable for the most part. No real rain fell during our walk. The map I downloaded shows numbers at trail junctions. These numbers relate to posts which show directions to other posts on the trail system. These are very helpful in finding your way around. I was completely turned around at several junctions and was happy for arrows pointing the correct direction. This is a good hike for early in the season or fall when the maples would be in full color. Lots of fairly level hiking, but do get a map of the roads in the area if you are not familiar with Sammamish (like me).