Conditions delay opening for Tiger Mountain biking trails
April 13, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6:30 p.m. April 13, 2011
For mountain bikers planning to hit Tiger Mountain trails Friday, the wait for springtime continues.
The state Department of Natural Resources aims to open mountain biking on the mountain April 15 each year, but the agency monitors the weather to determine opening day. The rain-soaked trails remain soggy, forecasts include more rain and the possibility of snow lingers, too.
The earliest the state can open the trails is April 22.
The state posts closure information throughout the year. Tiger Mountain near Issaquah is a popular destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts year-round.
“It’s important to give the trails a chance to dry out before they get the high volume of use that comes with opening day,” Sam Jarrett, recreation manager for the agency’s Snoqualmie unit, said in a release.
The mountain biking trails Iverson Railroad, Northwest Timber and Preston Railroad crisscross Tiger Mountain.
Volunteers conducted extensive work on the Preston trail during the winter. The trail is more susceptible to damage until it can set up properly.