What to do and see in Issaquah, Washington (WA): The Best Nature & Parks

February 28, 2022 Tambra Mccollister

Issaquah (/ˈɪsəkwɑː/ ISS-ə-kwah) is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 37,322 in a 2016 census estimate. Located in a valley and bisected by Interstate 90, the city is bordered by the Sammamish Plateau to the north and the Issaquah Alps to the south.
Restaurants in Issaquah

1. Duthie Hill Park

27101 SE Duthie Hill Rd, Issaquah, WA 98029-9175 http://www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/trails/backcountry-trails/duthie-hill.aspx
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5.0 based on 10 reviews

Duthie Hill Park

Reviewed By customboard - Redmond, United States

First time I've visited this park, I was so positively surprised and felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. While my skills are not good enough for the real cool stuff, even just the end of the base camp trail has such a nice flow that I couldn't stop riding it. Kudos to the Evergreen crew who maintains it with the help of all the volunteers.

2. Tiger Mountain

SE 79th St, Issaquah, WA 98027 http://www.dnr.wa.gov/AboutDNR/ManagedLands/Pages/amp_na_tiger.aspx
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Tiger Mountain

Rough and rugged hiking trail best suited for those with some hiking experience.

Reviewed By JasonHennig - Renton, United States

We went up the south side of the mountain, up the Tiger Mountain Trail. Branching off, we hiked up the south peak, which wasn't crowded at all--it looked like we were the first ones there in some time, so I highly recommend it for a secluded hike. But I've hiked this mountain a lot, and it's always been a favorite of mine.

3. Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

18201 SE Cougar Mountain Dr, Issaquah, WA 98027-8648 +1 206-296-4232 http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/inventory/cougar.aspx
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Reviewed By boatwaco - Austin, United States

Cougar mountain was only a few miles down the road so I took a drive early Saturday to the Harvey Manning Trailhead - easy to find following my phone's GPS. Ample parking and a very complete easy to read trail map at the entrance. I grabbed a paper map and took off walking. Trails with solid lines on the map are semi-improved and I think allow horse riders. Dotted line trails are just skinny dirt lines- much more exciting to follow! Over 2 1/2 hours I covered 7.2 miles according to my phone tracker. I loved every step. Trail markers are clear and easy to find at junctions. People that I did cross paths with were either smiling as they ran by or smiling and waving as we walked past one another. Many folks walking dogs, too. Take water with you! Starting at Harvey Manning Trailhead you're already at the top, so it's downhill out and uphill all the way back. Take your time and enjoy! Parking lot was jammed packed when I finished my hike – get there early.

4. Pine Lake Park

2400 228th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98075-7153 +1 425-295-0730
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Pine Lake Park

Reviewed By Jaywing18 - Seattle, United States

Great local swimming park. Wonderful playgrounds. Great for kids. Stocked lake for fishing but you’ll need a state fishing license.

5. Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027-3803 +1 425-392-1118 http://www.issaquahfish.org/
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

Every fall the salmon return to Issaquah, and so, too, do thousands of young students and visitors, who come to see these magnificent fish return from their grueling journey at sea, to fight against the current and spawn in Issaquah Creek. The Issaquah hatchery is the most visited of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s hatcheries, with thousands of visitors every year. As the region grapples with change to the natural environment, FISH highlights the presence of salmon in Issaquah Creek to cultivate a sense of wonder about these remarkable fish. We strive to tell the story of salmon here in such a way that fosters a natural, life-long commitment to their wellbeing, with tours, educational programs, and summer camps! “FISH champions the annual miracle of salmon in our fragile environment.” — FISH Mission

Reviewed By saylor2018 - Issaquah, United States

Great salmon hatchery.. Easy to see the salmon returning to spawn. Observe the salmon struggling in the creek. Watch the salmon variety in an observation area.

6. Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Tiger Mountain, Issaquah, WA http://www.dnr.wa.gov/WestTigerMountain
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Reviewed By bsmall66 - Issaquah, United States

But for a reason .... Lived on this mountain 20+ years and in that time have hiked to Poo Poo more times than I can remember. It has become extremely popular / crowded ... but for good reasons. Managable length (60-90 mins depending on how hard you press) good workout (you'll feel like you did your gym time that day) and rewarded with great views at the top. Don't forget there are "two tops" that both serve as launching areas for the paragliders. Go the extra short distance to the second top ... much better views and places to sit and enjoy, (plus an outhouse!)

7. Squak Mountain State Park

21430 SE May Valley Road, Issaquah, WA 98027 +1 425-455-7010 http://parks.state.wa.us/588/Squak-Mountain
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Squak Mountain State Park

8. Lake Sammamish State Park

2000 NW Sammamish Rd, Issaquah, WA 98027-8918 +1 425-455-7010 http://www.parks.wa.gov/
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4.0 based on 156 reviews

Lake Sammamish State Park

This park has something for everyone, from bikers to hikers and to fishermen.

Reviewed By 520andreyt - Issaquah, United States

The park has a beach good for summer swimming. New and advanced kids play zone. Favorite place with bbq, tables and huge parking lot.

9. Cougar Mountain Zoo

19525 SE 54th St, Issaquah, WA 98027-8676 +1 425-392-6278 [email protected] http://www.cougarmountainzoo.org/
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4.0 based on 194 reviews

Cougar Mountain Zoo

Reviewed By Departure777310

As someone who has worked at the best zoos in the country, this zoo is doing a fantastic job for being privately owned. Zoos are INCREDIBLY costly, and they have fairly large enclosures. They have a smaller area for the tigers and a large area for them, where they frequently trade the sets of tigers out. The wolf enclosure is bigger than the Woodland Park Zoo exhibit. They are constantly finding ways to expand and educate people. They give cups of fresh food to feed the animals for only a couple bucks. Perfect zoo for sensory sensitive individuals, free parking, very clean, and full of wonderful staff who have made my family's experience truly a magical one. I feel the need to defend this zoo from a lot of the haters, because they don't have the funding like other zoos. They are very smart about not overreaching their funds, so that they make sure that each animal is given enriching activities, tender care, and a happy home. These are not miserable animals. They are well loved and very happy! Only note I will say is if you could create a discount for children who are disabled, or low income families, this would make it the perfect place!

10. Lake Sammamish Issaquah Creek Trail

Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah, WA
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4.0 based on 2 reviews

Lake Sammamish Issaquah Creek Trail

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