Issaquah, Washington, is a city located at the foot of the rolling hills of the Issaquah Alps and part of the Seattle suburbs. Over 30,000 people call Issaquah their home. The combination of a safe environment and the scenic surroundings make this place a great place to raise a family and own a pet.
The Issaquah Hillside are the perfect place to explore - for both dogs and their owners - as there are many trails to follow that take you through breathtaking scenery. The Issaquah Creek Trail, the East Lake Sammamish Trail, and Preston-Snoqualmie Trail offer amazing sights and a challenging hike through a variety of landscapes.
Issaquah also has its own off-leash dog park, Issaquah Highland Bark Park. This small dog park features grass soil, a water fountain, benches, and plenty of poop bags. On a side note: The park has placed a specific ban on Pit Bulls.
Pit Bull owners and other dog lovers should check out the Beaver Lake Dog Park, which is part of the 154-acre Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish, Washington. The park has a separate area for small dogs, plenty of trees for shade, drinking fountains and walking trails.
For a temporary visit to Issaquah with the whole pack, there are two options to stay the night. The Motel 6 Issaquah allows pets at an additional charge. The Blue Sky RV Park also allows dogs as long as they are leashed.
The Issaquah Highland Bark Park located in this lovely neighborhood. A double entry system keeps fun-loving pups where they are supposed to be, there are separate areas to keep the large dogs from the small dogs. The park is covered with grass, with large bark chips in the entry area to control mud. There are sitting areas provided for owners to take a break while the pups get social. The Issaquah Creek Trail and the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail are two of 1600 rail-trails supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. After a wager-ific walk, head to RAM Restaurant and Brewery for one of their signature beers along with some lunch/dinner on the partially covered dog-friendly patio.
Lake Sammamish State Park, formerly the gathering place of at least four Native American tribes, boasts two lakefront beaches and 1.5 miles of hiking trails through forests and wetlands. Look for great blue herons and bald eagles who nest in the area. The East Lake Sammamish Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails, a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Pull on your walking shoes and grab Fido’s leash for a memorable walk in nature. If you work up an appetite, stop by Potbelly Sandwiches for some soup, a sandwich, or a milk shake. The large patio is dog friendly.
The Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park makes up the central part of Cougar Mountain, and offers over 3,100 acres to explore. There are four major trailheads within the park that are mapped and have directional signs at major intersections to keep you from getting lost. In addition, there are eight small trailheads that provide for on-street parking. Watch for one of the five waterfalls, or listen for babbling creeks within the park. Due to mining activities, you and your pup must stay on trails identified on maps of the region. For those who never want to day to end, the park is connected to the Squak Mountain State Park, which provides another 1,500 acres of adventure!