Moss Lake and the Sphagnum Bog


Moss Lake is a wonderful little spot located in the foothills of the cascades. This sphagnum bog (click for a definition of “sphagnum bog” ) offers an amazing variety of plants and wildlife all within 370 acres. I highly recommend making the drive out to this little hidden gem to  explore. The variety of ways…

Big Bend, Little Stroll


Big Bend Natural Area is a site most of us are probably unfamiliar with. It is located between the Cedar River Trail and the Cedar River, just downriver from the Landsburg Dam/Sockeye Hatchery. Take a quick jaunt down the Cedar River Trail to find this tucked away spot in one of the “S” curves of…

Hike idea: Harvey Manning Trailhead to Coal Creek Falls


Yesterday, 6/29, Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead at King County’s Cougar Mountain Wildland Park was renamed in honor of Harvey Manning, the longtime open space advocate and hiking guidebook author. Cougar Mountain is the westernmost outpost of the “Issaquah Alps” – a phrase Manning coined. He was a founding member of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, and…

New MTB trails in the works at the Black Diamond Open Space


On October 14, an REI work party began the process of creating new mountain bike trails in the Black Diamond Open Space with our partner Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. These trails will be a new hub in South King County for fat tire enthusiasts and home to the Washington Student Cycling League, a non-profit organization…

Regional Trail Alert; Snoqualmie Valley Trail


As our favorite canine would say: ruh-oh. A safety project to replace rotted portions of the Meadowbrook Bridge along King County Parks’ Snoqualmie Valley Trail will require a two week closure of the trail in the immediate area, July 20-31. In advance of the week-long closure, trail users could expect intermittent delays of up to…