Issaquah Off The Beaten Path

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    Paragliders dangle over your head

    by barney1974 Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Flying with the eagles

    This is something that I would never do but I know many others that do. Jumping off a mountain with only a parachute on your back? Nah, not for me! They do look like they enjoy it though. The Seattle paragliding club meets off of the 1,700 foot Tiger Mountain and lands in a mowed landing strip at the base of the mountain. There are literally dozens of paragliders up in the sky at any one time during the season. They encourage others to join in and you are able to be certified through their club.

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    Hiking on Tiger Mountain

    by barney1974 Written Jul 26, 2006

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    Tiger Mountain (yes, there are no tigers in Washington that I know of!) is actually three summits in which you can hike and/or mountain bike around. There are too many trails to mention, with over 13,500 acres, but the one with the best view is East Tiger Mountain that has views of the surrounding area. There are two main trailheads; one is directly off I-90 (take the High Point exit) and the second is off of Highway 18 at the summit. The Highway 18 site has more mountain bikers while the I-90 trialhead has more hikers. There are terrains for any level of hiker as well.

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    North Fork Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written May 30, 2008

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    North Fork Falls is a small but very easily accessed waterfall. It is only about 20 feet (6 meters) tall, however it is a nice relaxing stroll from a well used local road. Great place to bring the little ones without having to hike too far.
    Just a quarter mile from the parking lot and with very little elevation change you will see the falls to your right. The reddish tints to the rock face suggest some ferrous deposits along the stream which would fit well with the history of mining in the area.

    Directions:
    From I-90 Eastbound exit at Lakemont and go up the hill. Follow for 3 miles to the Red Town Trail head (marked). Cross the road from the parking lot and follow a trail for 1/4 mile.

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    Coal Creek Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written May 30, 2008

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    Coal Creek Falls

    Coal Creek Falls is definitely the better of the two waterfalls I have visited off the Red Town Trailhead. The falls are only about 25 feet (7 meters) but they have a much more photogenic appearance.
    The hike to the falls is about 1 mile each way but the reward is fairly worth it. Especially when considering this locations proximity to an urban center.

    Directions:
    From I-90 Eastbound exit at Lakemont and go up the hill. Follow for 3 miles to the Red Town Trailhead (marked). From the trailhead follow the trail uphill away from the road for a short distance and turn letr on the Cave Holes trail. After .5 miles go right on the Coal Creek falls trail for another .5 miles to the waterfall.

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    Tibbetts Valley Park: Sports Field, Picnic Shelter

    by glabah Updated Sep 22, 2010
    Tibbetts Valley Park at bottom of Valley
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    There really isn't anything of special interest about this park. It is a fairly typical city park of primary interest to local residents. It is fairly busy on Saturday mornings, with various children's athletic teams working their moves on the various athletic fields.

    The is a covered picnic area, rest rooms, and a covered picnic area, which are only minor compared to the huge sports fields that take up the vast majority of the park.

    There is a small preserved natural area on the northern side of the park, but it is extremely small and wouldn't be worthy of mention except that it is the only thing in the park that may be of interest to visitors, as there might be some bird life there worthy of watching.

    There are two parking areas inside the park: one is directly across the street from the Issaquah Transit Center, and another area on the far east side of the park. The parking that is directly across the street from the park is designated for overflow park and ride use.

    While this park doesn't have too much to interest the traveler, if you wind up getting stuck at the Issaquah Transit Center due to a missed connection this is a much more pleasant place to wait for a long layover than at the transit center, as it is possible to get further from the traffic noise of the surrounding busy roads as well as the really ugly and unappealing concrete jungle nature of the transit center and parking structure.

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