What we're about

We are a group of women and men who like to walk and talk. We have different walking speeds, different interests, different life experiences, but we all appreciate a good walk or an occasional hike, with good conversation thrown in. We are a friendly, welcoming group that always enjoys new members.

We meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month, and our walks begin promptly at 10:30 am. Arrive at 10:35 am and you'll be scurrying to catch up. We walk at a variety of paces on our walks, but generally you should be fit enough to walk at least 4.5 miles in 90 minutes; finishing right around noon. Occasionally we go out to lunch after the walk, but this is completely optional, and there is no pressure to attend. Because we love to be out and about, we occasionally slip in an additional walk or hike. These walks may not begin at 10:30, or be on Wednesday, so be sure to double-check the day and time. If you have a suggestion for a walk, be sure to let us know. We love new experiences.

Our annual membership fee is $5.00, which is payable in cash to either Karen, Lucy, Monique, or Tom. This fee goes to pay the annual Meetup fee of $216 per year. ALL money collected will be paid to Meetup to keep this group running. If you are considering joining our group, come for a walk and then decide if you would like to join. We ask that your membership fee be paid by your third walk.

Disclaimer: The event hosts are not responsible nor assume any liability for any injuries that might occur during the events. Please check the location & area where the event is happening and use your discretion for your safety and that of any of your guests before RSVPing. Also, please be considerate of your fellow walkers by taking appropriate COVID19 precautions and respecting the precautions taken by others.

By signing up for an event, you are confirming that you accept these terms.

We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming events (3)

Double Option Walk: Tolt Pipeline w/ Optional Detour Through Brooktrails Estates

We will walk westward along the Tolt Pipeline with an option to take a side trip through a network of forested trails in a community called Brooktrails Estates which traverses the Tolt Pipeline. Non-residents are allowed to walk on the trails.

Option 1: Rated "2 thumbs up" by previous walkers. ;) We walk westward along the Tolt Pipeline and turn back at 168th Ave. About halfway back we leave the pipeline and take a detour through Brooktrails Estates. These trails are beautifully forested and many of the paths are covered with a thick layer of soft bark and pine needles and feel like a plush carpet. The detour returns us back to the pipeline about a quarter mile from the cars. The Brooktrails detour has 1 long, slightly steep hill and 2 steep but super short hills. Total distance is 4.5 miles.

Option 2: Walk westward along the Tolt Pipeline and turn back eastward at 168th Ave to the starting point without taking the side trip. (You are free to walk farther before turning back.) The Tolt Pipeline is entirely gravel with three hills. Total distance 3.2 miles.

Walk leader will be doing the Brooktrails Estates detour. If you are staying on the main pipeline route you will have no problem finding the parking lot.

Bridle Trails (In Kirkland): Portions of Trillium, Coyote, and Raven Trails

Bridal Trails State Park

Let's have some fun and exercise in the lush green Bridle Trails State Park. There are three main trails: Trillium, Coyote, and Raven. In this Meetup we will connect portions of all three, for a total of 3.4 miles. The portions we walk will be mostly flat except for a few hills.

There are great "facilities" available a short distance past the parking lot.

Because this is an equestrian park, we may encounter riders with horses. Please step to the side and be careful to not spook them. If you bring a dog to the walk, be sure he/she is trained well enough to not bark. Oh, and watch out for horsey "calling cards."

We will meet in the West entrance off 116th Ave NE, at NE 53rd Street. This is a State Park, requiring a pass. For those without one, you can park outside along 116th Avenue.

For more information about this park:
http://www.bridletrails.org/about_the_park/trail_map.html

Double Option Walk: PSE Trail or Sammamish River Trail from Redmond

Overlake Christian Church

Description:
This is a double option walk starting from the Puget Sound Energy Trail, (PSE trail) in Redmond. We start out walking east from the parking lot until coming to the Sammamish River Trail. We cross a picturesque bridge and at that point there are two options to choose from. People can choose whichever route they want.

Option 1:
We cross the Sammamish River Trail, continue east up "Education Hill", and then on to the PSE trail until we reach a total of 45 minutes and then return. Or, people can continue to walk further east and return. Education Hill has a very steep beginning. After that there are flats and rolling hills. The trail is all dirt/gravel, no concrete.

Option 2:
Turn left (north) onto the Sammamish River Trail and continue until reaching a total of 45 minutes and then return. (You can continue walking further if you like.) This route is completely flat, on pavement. You will share the trail with other people and bicycles. Please note: There will not be a "leader" on this option. But, to return, all you have to do is walk back and get off the trail at the bridge ton the right side that we originally crossed (there is only one bridge) and make your way back to the cars.

Directions:
We meet in Redmond at the Overlake Christian Church parking lot, 9900 Willows Road, next to the Willows Run Golf Club. We will meet on the west end of the parking lot (next to Willows Road) at the west side of the big round-about. (See the map in the image spindle above.)

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