Time for a Walk in the Park

Time for a Walk in the Park

Come join us for a fun walk in the park!

8-Big-Finn-ivy-monsters-smOn Sunday Oct 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm I’ll be leading the first of a series of hikes in our big wonderful Finn Hill Parks. Big Finn Hill Park (a King County Regional Park) has more than ten miles of trails, so it is a great place to start.

Who Can Join

Everyone is welcome! Including well-behaved children and well-behaved dogs on leashes. This is a great chance to learn more about our parks and explore new trails.

Where to Meet

Meet at the Big Finn Hill Park parking lot accessed from 84th, turn in on the road on the South side of Thoreau elementary (138th).

Date & Time of the Park Walk

Meet at 1:30 pm Sunday Oct 20th. Plan for approximately 1.5 hours.

About the Walk

Does Finn Hill have a number of wonderful parks you’ve been meaning to explore but haven’t quite made it? Are you a bit intimidated by trails disappearing into the woods? Perhaps there are monsters, or goblins! This is your chance! It is time for an guided walk in the park. Click to view map of park (PDF).

First Hike: For the first adventure we’ll do the perimeter trail of Big Finn Hill Park on the East side of Juanita, which adds up to 2.1 miles (see more details below).

Upcoming Hike: The next Park Walk is on November 17 at 1:30 pm and we’ll be exploring Big Finn Hill Park west of Juanita.   Meet at the trail entrance on 138th place by the Kiosk and we’ll do the main loop.

Questions?

Contact me via email: Jeanette@finnhillalliance.org

Additional Details

What to Bring & Wear: Dress for the weather and muddy trails. Don’t hesitate to bring your camera, binoculars, field guides and your bottle of water. If windy (e.g. gusts > 15 mph), then we’ll cancel for safety. (If windy I’ll hang out at the starting point just in case.) Well-behaved, on-leash dogs are welcome. Well-behaved children are also welcome, they probably don’t need to be on leash (although we’ll be walking along the road for about 100 yards).

More About the Hike: We’ll start in the Big Finn Park parking lot off 84th near Thoreau elementary. The starting segment (about a mile) will be around the beaver swamp in the park between Thoreau Elementary and Finn Hill Middle School. We’re starting to see glimpses of pond waters through the undergrowth now that some of the leaves are falling. After walking around the pond, you either have a choice to cut back to the parking lot or to continue the rest of the trail loop that passes south of the lacrosse/soccer field, along Juanita up to the condos on Juanita, back down across the playground field and finally back to the parking lot. Phew! That adds up to about 2.1 miles (including the beaver pond loop).

During our walk, we’ll enjoy nature, learn about the monsters (invasive plants as well as ancient piles of trash) and discover that all the trails do connect up with no black holes (Click to view map of park – PDF). You can admire the incredible work done this summer by large volunteer groups pulling ivy (and get inspired to contribute). We plan on a pleasant afternoon.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

-Jeanette Leach

Below are just a few pictures from Big Finn Hill Park. 5-Big-Finn-cottonwood-sm

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