Tuesday’s hike was at a place I had never visited – even though I have lived close by for many years. Mostly because it was just never on my radar! Lake Sawyer Regional Park sits in Black Diamond, just down the road from where we live in Maple Valley. As a side note, if you are local, and want to visit, avoid Google directions. They will take you to 312th, which has been now posted with no parking signs the whole way since 2010 (it was the old entrance). Just a bit farther down the road is a well-developed parking area, tucked into the trees, for many vehicles. It is directly off of Lake Sawyer Rd.
The trail itself is old roads, meandering through the forest. Sporting a lot of red huckleberries and a mix of native and invasive blackberries, summer time could be a tasty time to hike here.
We had a lot of moms show up today! With an amazing morning for weather (and rain in the forecast for the next week), no one wanted to miss getting out it seemed. The kids were happily running down the trail.
Soon enough the trail hooks to the left at a junction, then heads downhill to a junction (where you can see the old entrance on 312th), and the lake is right ahead of you. Having only seen glimpses of the lake from the road, I hadn’t realized it is as large as it is.
With so many alcoves, you can walk the shoreline and enjoy the wildlife. This far down there are no homes.
Alistaire checking out the bottom of the lake.
He was really taken with the lake – we had a few kids get wet 😉
Part of our group headed back uphill after we had a long break at the lake, the rest of us walked around the end of the lake and took the scenic route back. This let us enjoy seeing Frog Lake, an extension of Sawyer – and a lot of birds.
The end of the lake is quiet, peaceful (although in summer I am more than sure it isn’t this quiet due to boats….)
And a happy boy saying goodbye to the lake.
One of the ladies brought these delicious muffins, which se had made with Dandelions and Rhubarb.
The muffins quickly disappeared as the children happily scarfed them down!