This forested escape is a low-traffic hideaway, tucked in the suburbs of Sammamish. Part of our ongoing series featuring our favorite Eastside parks and trails, read on to find out what you’ll want to know on your first trek through Soaring Eagle.
About Soaring Eagle
Hidden in an unsuspecting suburban setting, King County’s Soaring Eagle Regional Park is located on the North End of the Sammamish Plateau, just up the hill from Highway 202 (Redmond/Fall City Road). This 790 acre wooded retreat contains 12 miles of multi-use trails for walking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trails in Soaring Eagle vary in terrain as you’ll see in our virtual tour below, but are primarily hard pack dirt, with some gravel sections. The mostly-flat “Pipeline Trail” that runs through the center of the park is surrounded by a plethora of short, intertwined side trails with “roller coaster style” elevation changes. The Pipeline Trail makes for an easy, stroller friendly, no-navigation outing that’s just over two miles out and back. The side trails are fabulous for building your trail running or mountain biking technical skills and endurance, but note are not stroller friendly.
About 15-20 minutes from Downtown Redmond, you’ll find Soaring Eagle just a few minutes up the hill from Highway 202, and just a few minutes from the main hub of Sammamish restaurants and shopping centers. The main parking lot for the park can be found at 26015 E Main Dr, Sammamish, WA 98074.
Arriving at Soaring Eagle
Getting to Soaring Eagle is very straightforward, and once you arrive you’ll find clear signage and a small parking lot. With the exception of the weekends that the park hosts running or mountain biking competitions, there is always plenty of spaces to park inside the lot, and overflow street parking is easily found on Main Dr (the road that leads into the park). The trails can also be accessed off of Trossachs Blvd. at the South end of the park, where street parking only is available.
Upon exiting your vehicle and heading over to the trailhead you’ll find the reader board with map and information about local wildlife. We recommend planning out a route beforehand if you’d like to avoid making frequent stops on your outing, as there are quite a few intersections if you choose to venture off the main path. Note that a couple of side trails lead out of the park and over into the neighboring Beaver Lake Preserve, so be aware of your direction and that not all trails will lead you back to the main Pipeline.
Continuing from the entrance and straight onto the Pipeline trailhead you’ll find the main trail, as well as the first off-shoot for a “choose your own adventure” style outing. As you can tell, the thick forest provides a healthy amount of tree coverage making Soaring Eagle a great pick even on the hottest days, as there is plenty of shade to be found. It also provides rain protection, so can be a nice choice on a wetter Pacific Northwest morning. Note that in the winter months, the lower section of the park to the Northeast of the Pipeline Trail does tend to get a bit muddy, so choose your footwear appropriately, or stick to the less muddy trails on the Southwest side.
For hikers and mountain bikers exploring the side trails, be prepared to traverse roots and rocky terrain.
Navigation around the park is relatively well marked, and all intersections we have come across in our frequent outings here have signage (as pictured below) to help you in navigating your way around, and back to your car when you’re done exploring.
That wraps up our “virtual tour” of Soaring Eagle Regional Park. Have a park or trail you’d love to see us cover? Visit our contact page and let us know!