February 16, 2012
- Family-friendly Local Happenings from Macaroni Kid
- Claudine Fairchild, February Teacher of the Month
- Out & About: Pretzel Tree Trail
- Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Fair
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- Kumon of Issaquah & Snoqualmie host Open House
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Hiking. While reading. In search of a tree named after a snack. Pretzel Tree Trail is a great family-friendly LOCAL hike!
The trail is located at Squak Mountain State Park, and you will need a Discover Pass for parking. The trailhead is on the left side of the parking lot. The first part of the trail is shared with another trail; you'll cross over an access road and see the sign for Pretzel Tree Trail. This is a loop trail, so no back-tracking, and it's less than a half mile, a very manageable distance with little ones. The restrooms are located in the parking lot.
It's an easy hike, but be aware that some debris covers the trail after January's wild ice storm. What makes this trail really special are the storyboards you'll find along the route. You can read all about the adventures of Field Mouse as he meets local forest creatures and discovers their importance in the ecosystem on his search for the Pretzel Tree ... which looks more like a braided pretzel rod than a twisted pretzel.
The parking lot area also provided plently of entertainment for my two little hiking companions. There are picnic tables for snacking, and the landscaping lends itself to games of hide-and-seek or try-to-find! I would also suggest a stop in downtown Issaquah for lunch at Flying Pie Pizza or a treat from Confettic Cupcake.
Please add this to your list of family activities ... it's FREE, fun, and educational!
Driving Directions: Eastbound on I-90. Take Exit 15 (17th Ave NW / WA 900). Turn right (South). After going through town, road is renamed Renton-Issaquah Road SE. At 4 miles from Interstate, turn left on SE May Valley Road. Drive 2.5 miles to the large entrance sign for Squak Mountain State Park on your left.
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