Go east on I-90, take exit 17 and turn right onto Front Street in Issaquah. After passing through Issaquah, Front Street curves and becomes Issaquah-Hobart Road. The parking lot is on the left (east) side of Issaquah-Hobart Road, just past SE 111th Street. The trailhead is on the far side of the grassy paraglider-landing field. I will mostly likely be sporting a burgundy outercoat. If it is raining hard, we will cancel.
This trail is apparently popular with paragliders and it looks like they mostly do their paragliding in the afternoon. So we are planning to start at 9:00 am on Sunday.
Length: 4 miles round trip
Difficulty: Moderate (roughly 1500 ft elevation gain in 2 miles on the way up)
If this is your first hike, please read on:
Welcome to our new members (my apologies for not getting around to sending an individualized welcome message) and here is an introduction/reminder as to what to expect from a "silent hike":
1) Hiking is part of the meditation so no talking during the hike except if you are not feeling well, got hurt or want to warn others of danger. If you have to call someone on your cell, please drop behind the group for a while and join us again after your conversation ends.
2) You don't have to say "hi" to fellow hikers as they pass you by. I know it sounds "rude" but if the trail is crowded (we will try to choose not crowded ones but just in case) you will break silence and concentration not just for yourselves but others as well.
3) No pets on hikes - we can't guarantee that a beloved pet, however well behaved, will stay quiet so let's just leave them at home for this style of hiking.
4) Pace - in both of our hikes we walked ~5 miles in ~2 hours with stops to meditate or wait for each other. If you know you are going to fall behind or prefer to go slower, please study the trail instructions so you don't get lost. I will try to provide map copies or hike path details as best as I can on the day of the hike.
5) We usually sit somewhere in the middle of the hike depending on where we can find a suitable spot to accomodate the entire group. If you are not going to meditate (and will read or eat snacks), please make sure you are not disturbing the quiet for your meditating fellow hikers.
See you there,