Experience Issaquah’s outdoor adventures

While the hustle and bustle of Washington state’s concrete jungles make many traveler’s bucket lists, the real hidden treasures can be found in outlying friendly communities with homey, small-town vibes. Issaquah is among the places where you can trade the traffic and crowded streets for open-air adventures that let you discover the “wilderness within.”

Your choice – guided or self-guided excursions

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You don’t have to be a seasoned adventure enthusiast to enjoy the quintessential Pacific

Northwest outdoor experience. The IssaquahAlps Trails Club offers FREE regular guided hikes for all abilities and fitness levels, year-round, making trailheads less intimidating to the novice hiker, and providing entertaining education along the journey. You will find plenty of guided, mostly free or low cost, accessible, outdoor experiences from birding to plein-air painting, nature walks, and hands-on environmental programs at Lake Sammamish State Park provided by the Parks Service, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, and the Eastside Audubon Society.

Comfortable with self-guided outdoor exploration? Issaquah has miles of mostly flat, paved pathways that connect the historic downtown to Lake Sammamish State Park, and other popular shopping areas and trailheads. Pick up an Issaquah Trails Map at the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center or online. And find bikes for rent across the street from the Visitors Center at Ride Bikes.

Are you a thrill seeker?

Northwest ParaglidingYou will find an adrenaline rush in Issaquah. Known globally as a premier paragliding and mountain bike destination, Issaquah’s outdoor recreation outfitters can meet your needs. Try a tandem paragliding experience with locally owned and operated Northwest Paragliding or Seattle Paragliding, both launch from Tiger Mountain’s Poo Poo Point.

Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park offers miles of both flowy and technical trails, including jumps and other skill-building features for the newbie rider to the competitive mountain bike racer. REI offers workshops for outdoor navigation and survival skills in addition to regional guided exhibitions. The Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club is a public firing and archery range where enthusiasts can hone skills while observing safe firearms handling.

Angling for adventure on the water? Creekside Angling is Issaquah’s fishing outfitter, including fly-fishing lessons and guided fishing experiences. Local providers can also arrange rentals of boats, jet skis, and paddle sports equipment of all types to enjoy and explore Lake Sammamish – find details at VisitIssaquahWA.com.

Less adrenaline and more zen?

Issaquah has that too from shore to summit! Paddling Yogini offers stand up paddle board yoga classes on Lake Sammamish for all fitness levels. For a more “elevated” experience consider GreenHeart Yoga, blending the healing influence of nature with a guided hike and yoga experience in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

For complimentary concierge consultation on these offerings and other tour experiences email INFO@VisitIssaquahWA.com