After months of intense work by volunteers and City of Sammamish staff, 179-acre Evans Creek Preserve was opened to the public in October 2011. The 2.6-mile trail system moves through gentle terrain and includes bridges and a 375-foot boardwalk. Unlike most Sammamish trails, where the walker is swallowed by dense evergreen forest, Evans Creek provides open vistas of surrounding meadows and wetlands.
To get there: From City Hall, go north on 228th Avenue SE for 2.1 miles, continuing north for another 2.3 miles after 228th becomes Sahalee Way NE. At the Gray Barn Nursery, turn right on the NE Redmond-Fall City Highway (202). Go 1.2 miles. Turn right on 224th Avenue NE. (NOTE: The sign on the south side of the highway says “NE 34th – Private Road.”) The small gravel parking lot will be on your right, about ½ mile up the road. You can also access the Evans Creek trailhead from Sahalee Way NE. This will allow you to hike the new trail down to the park. The Sahalee parking lot is on the east side of the road. The safest pedestrian route to the parking lot coming from the west is to cross at NE 37th Way (traffic stop) and continue south to the parking lot staying within the shoulder.