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  • Elliott the Eagle

    Elliott the Eagle is our mascot here at Eagle Rise Real Estate, LLC. Every week, Elliott flies around the Greater Eastside area, South King County and sometimes beyond. His goal is to find different places in this amazing community that we live in to highlight and explore. You never know where he might end up each week!

    So, where has Elliott the Eagle landed this week?

    June 18, 2020

    Denny Creek Area - Snoqualmie Pass

    Elliott the Eagle really wanted to head to the mountains and so he headed up Snoqualmie Pass. Even though it was a bit wet on the day he went, he still felt it was worth it. He ended up at the South Fork Snoqualmie River right at the start of the Franklin Falls Hike. The river is extra full right now due to the rain and the melting snow, and the river crashing over the beautiful, smoothed-out rocks was an incredible sight. He wasn't actually able to do any of the nearby hikes this trip up but has done all of them in the past. The hikes right along there are the Franklin Falls Hike, the Denny Creek-Melakwa Lake Hike, and the Wagon Road Trail Hike. The Franklin Falls Hike is fairly easy and follows the cascading river ensuring some great views and opportunities for some amazing pictures. Being only a 2-mile roundtrip hike, it is quite family-friendly. The Denny Creek-Lake Melakwa Hike is fantastic too. The first part of the hike leads you up to some natural rock waterslides which are fun to slide down. Just be sure to wear an old bathing suit or shorts since two of Elliott's friends had the back end of their shorts ripped out last time they slid down the rocks! The second part of the hike is a lot more rigorous and not for the faint of heart. It is not really ready for hiking yet due to a lot of snow higher up. Those who have attempted it recently recommend waiting longer before attempting unless you have snow gear such as poles and spiked shoes. It is worth waiting for! Finally, The Wagon Road Trail Hike is an easier 2-mile hike roundtrip. If you want to follow a piece of history this is the hike for you. If you keep your eyes peeled you will see old wagon ruts and remnants from where the pioneers came across in their wagons.
    Here are links for these amazing hikes.
    Franklin Falls: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/franklin-falls
    Denny Creek: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/denny-creek
    Malakwa Lake: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/melakwa-lake
    Wagon Road Trail Hike: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/wagon-road-1

    Keep in mind if you choose to head up to check the river out that the bathrooms at the head of the Franklin Falls trail are closed. 

    If you have suggestions where you would like to see Elliott the Eagle travel to next please email us at debbi@eagleriserealestate.com.
    June 11, 2020
    Newcastle Beach Park - Bellevue

    Now that parks are opening up again, Elliott really wanted to visit one on the water. This week he chose to visit Newcastle Beach Park located off of Exit 9 of I405. It is a fantastic park for all ages and is very family-friendly. Although the playground and covered eating area are not open yet there are still plenty of experiences to have here. The expansive grassy field is perfect for badminton or volleyball. You could even bring your croquet set or bocce ball and enjoy some outdoor recreation time. Elliott saw a couple of teens tossing a frisbee around and wanted to join in. The sandy beach area has a contained swimming area that looks like it would be fun to swim at in warmer weather. It even has an outdoor shower to rinse off in which is always great after swimming in a lake! Elliott wasn’t sure about when or if the lifeguards are going to be on duty, so that is something to verify for yourself. There is also a path through the woods on the south side of the park. And the best thing yet? Bald eagles are frequently spotted here so Elliott was happy meeting some new friends!

    For more information visit: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks/parks-and-trails/parks/newcastle-beach-park

    If you have suggestions where you would like to see Elliott the Eagle travel to next please email us at debbi@eagleriserealestate.com.

    May 28, 2020
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    Squak Mountain State Park - Issaquah

    What a beautiful, sunny day! On one of Elliott’s exploring flights, he spotted a gem nestled at the base of Squak Mountain. Located on May Valley Rd, Squak Mountain State Park is made up of 13 miles of hiking trails exploring over Squak Mountain (the mountain in between Tiger Mountain and Cougar Mountain). Apparently, a favorite trail is the Bullitt Fireplace Trail which leads up to a stone fireplace which is all that is remaining from the 1952 home of the Bullitt Family. Elliott was not able to travel there yet, but he is looking forward to doing it soon. There is also a .3 mile interpretive walk called the Pretzel Tree Trail. It follows Field Mouse who discovers the importance of ecosystems. Elliott stopped in Issaquah and picked up some amazing tacos and brought them to the park and utilized one of the picnic tables before his hike. He hopes that you can also enjoy this park and its trails.

    A couple of things to keep in mind: Because this is a state park, a Discover Pass is necessary. To purchase a Discover Pass visit https://discoverpass.wa.gov/133/Where-to-Buy. Also, the bathrooms were not open when Elliott was there.

    If you have suggestions where you would like to see Elliott the Eagle travel to next please email us at debbi@eagleriserealestate.com.

    May 21, 2020