Issaquah events open Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer

June 17, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2011

Celebrate the season as the Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer launches Saturday and Sunday.

The events start Saturday as the Issaquah Alps Trails Club leads the Olallie Lake hike. Join hike leader Mary Nolan on a moderately difficult, five- to six-mile hike with 1,200 feet gain in elevation to Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area lakes — Talapus and Olallie. Participants need a Northwest Forest Pass. The hike is open to all ages; no reservation is required. Join the hike at the Issaquah Trails House, 110 S.E. Bush St., at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call Nolan at 837-1535.

Learn about the Puget Sound watershed and salmon at the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery open house and tours Saturday. Explore the life of a salmon through hands-on exhibits, tours and a family-oriented open house featuring activities for all age group. Join FISH docents for 30-minute hatchery tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, is open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The celebration also includes a downtown Issaquah history walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Tours start at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., and cover two miles across easy terrain. The walk requires reservations, and participants should bring water. The cost is $2 per person and the walk is open to all ages. Call 392-3500.

On Sunday, Father’s Day, the Fenders on Front Street Car Show & Cruise rolls into downtown Issaquah.

Sunday also features a Weeks and Twin falls hike at 9 a.m. Join Issaquah Alps Trails Club hike leader Fred Zeitler for the easy, 4.5 mile hike set at a slow pace with 700 feet gain in elevation to Weeks Falls, followed by a hike to Twin Falls. Participants should wear hiking shoes or boots, and bring water, food, day pack, warm clothing and raingear. Meet near the Harvey Manning statue for a car shuttle. The hike is open to all ages; no reservation is required. Meet at the Issaquah Trails House. Call Zeitler at 882-3435.

Or, join Issaquah Alps Trails Club hike leader Steve Williams for a greenway interpretive hike at Tradition Lake at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The moderately difficult, 4.5 mile hike set at a slow pace with 650 feet gain in elevation runs through Tiger Mountain State Forest. Participants should wear hiking shoes or boots, and bring water, food, day pack, warm clothing and raingear. Meet near the Harvey Manning statue for a car shuttle. The hike is open to all ages; no reservation is required. Meet at the Issaquah Trails House. Call Williams at 453-8997.

The summer celebration is meant to entice people outdoors to show them places to explore close to where they live and work. Participants can learn about the culture, history and recreation in the greenway. The festival celebrates the conservation and education efforts in the Mountains to Sound Greenway and the more than 4,000 annual volunteers contributing time to the greenway.

“Greenway Days, a weekend full of free and fun events, is a great opportunity for area residents and visitors to celebrate the beginning of summer by getting out and enjoying the wonderful landscape and the many recreational opportunities we have that are so close to where we live and work,” Cynthia Welti, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust executive director, said in a news release. “One weekend isn’t nearly enough time to really experience everything the Greenway has to offer. We expanded into Greenway Summer so people can learn about the natural history, culture and recreation within the Mountains to Sound Greenway.”

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