Novelty Hill Rd @ 218th, Redmond, WA
Originally I had this hike posted for last Sunday but had to cancel because of a marathon and half-marathon race that took place that weekend. Didn't see anything scheduled for the 21st so it will be a go this time.
This is an easy hike in any type of weather, rain or shine.
Well maintained trails and facilities and yet well protected from encroaching development, the Redmond Watershed Preserve offers a worthwhile natural experience right on the city's doorstep. A wide network of multiple use trails explores the reaches of the preserve, providing good hiking opportunities in a surprisingly scenic environment.
( Information provided by "60 Hikes Within 60 miles")
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this park.
There is also the option of stopping somewhere for lunch afterwards
Directions: In Redmond at the end of 520, continue onto Avondale Road. After just more than one mile, turn right onto Novelty Hill Road. Continue 2.3 miles to the park entrance on the left, across from 218th Ave NE.
Hiking time: 2 hours
Facilities: Restroom at trailhead, no drinking water available.
Length: 6 miles
Elevation gain: less than 100 feet.
Access: Free parking, no permit required.
Pace: slow to moderate.
Exposure: Mostly shaded
I will send an email out to everyone the day before the hike with my cell number in case anyone needs to contact me.