EVENT CANCELLED: Regretfully, we must cancel our planned East Side history walk. We simply don't have enough registered attendees to make it worthwhile.
Island Books is taking our show on the road! Or on the trail, anyway. Join us on the morning of Saturday, June 23rd for a ramble through local history with Judy Bentley. She's the author of multiple guides to the region and has for years been leading hikes for the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.
For this special event, Judy will help us discover the coal-mining history of the Eastside on a loop walk through part of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. All participants who join us on this beginner-level trek will not only receive Judy's expert guidance, but will take home a copy of her book Hiking Washington's History, and will enjoy a cold beverage on us at the end of the trail. Tickets for this event are $25 and space is limited, so sign up early!
We'll meet at the Red Town trailhead on Lakemont Boulevard (take Exit 13 from I-90 about three miles south to the park entrance on the left (east)). Trailhead parking can be crowded on a weekend. No fees or passes are required. The walk is a mostly flat, less than two-mile loop with short side trails to mining sites and artifacts. The history of this area and a guide to the longer Coal Creek Trail (six miles roundtrip) are included in Hiking Washington's History.