On this pretty September morning, I decided to pack up my two sidekicks, Max and Lucy, and explore Kathy's trail which is located in the Issaquah Highlands. It is listed on AllTrails as a 1.2 mile out and back trail.
I started at the trailhead located at the end of 15th Ave NE. Parking was easily found on the street near the trail. The trail is an easy 0.6 mile to Trailhead Vista with a gentle incline of about 242 feet according to AllTrails (although my app shows it as 369 ft gain-still very mild). The trail follows through some old growth trees and woods with a small wooden bridge crossing.
Once at Trailhead Vista, you can turn back around to make the hike a quick and easy outing for the day. Or, from the vista, you can head east and find a short path with picnic tables for lunch with the kids near the retention pond. Black Nugget Park is also near the pond with play structures and a field. Or, you can cross NE Park Drive and head over to Central Park for even more play structures. The hike back to the car is a gentle decline and easy for kids and families.
I would suggest doing the trail starting from the 15th Ave trailhead versus from the vista as it is usually better to do the incline at the beginning so that the return hike is an easy downhill trek. This hike is perfect for a quick breath of fresh air or as a connector to more hiking and running trails. The short distance and gentle incline/decline makes this hike perfect for small children. A picnic lunch or snack at trailhead vista makes for a great outdoor mini-adventure.
Issaquah Highlands is a beautiful urban community with highly rated schools, many recreational opportunities, open space, shopping, restaurants, and public transportation options. It is located about 20 miles east of Seattle on the I-90 corridor.