Mountains to Sound Greenway celebrates 20th anniversary with hikes, parties

June 28, 2011

By Laura Geggel

It’s not too late for hikers, historical buffs and music lovers to register for the hikes and parties scheduled for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s 20th anniversary.

The hikes have a historical precedent.

“In 1990, a group of avid hikers got together and realized that population growth was going to happen,” Mountains to Sound Greenway spokeswoman Erin MacCoy said. “They wanted to make sure we could keep the green places green, so they did a hike from Snoqualmie Pass to the Seattle waterfront to raise awareness about that.”

The group of 100 hikers, including members of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, took five days to complete their trek. One year later, in 1991, environmentalists founded the greenway trust.

This year, the trek begins in Ellensburg and ends on the Seattle waterfront with a party filled with food and music. To register for the nine-day, 130-mile hike, call Mackenzie Dolstad at 206-382-5565, ext. 29, or go to http://mtsgreenway.org. Click on “Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer” and then select “20th Anniversary Trek.”

During the hike, participants will have the opportunity to hike, or ride a bicycle or horse.

If you go

  • Grand re-opening of Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel — 11 a.m. July 5 at Hyak parking lot
  • Greenway Heritage Celebration & Community Concert — 5-9 p.m. July 6
  • Issaquah Concert on the Green — 7 p.m. July 8
  • Party on the Pier — 1:30 p.m. July 10

The above start times are for ceremonies and parties. Start times are earlier for participants. Go to http://mtsgreenway.org to learn more.

Children older than 12 can join the march, as long as they are in good physical shape. The $450 fee for the march includes, food, insurance, permit fees, bus transport, entertainment, portable toilets and administrative costs.

Outdoor enthusiasts who cannot commit to the entire nine days can register for day hikes.

Issaquah Alps Trails Club members, Boy Scouts and outdoor enthusiasts, including David Dunphy and Jacob McClelland, have already signed up for the grand re-opening of the Snoqualmie Pass Tunnel, at 11 a.m. July 5 located at Hyak at Snoqualmie Pass.

The 2.3-mile railroad that goes underground has been closed for the past few years for renovations. Participants can park at Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend and take a shuttle, or park at Hyak, off of Interstate 90’s exit 54, where they can bike through the eerie darkness and have a party at the tunnel’s end.

“You can feel history coming off it,” MacCoy said. “It’s so cool.”

While members for the entire nine-day hike pay $450, participants of the day hike will pay $25, an amount covering a T-shirt and transportation. The party afterward is free.

The next day, people can hike from Rattlesnake Lake to Snoqualmie Point Park, 11 miles away. Educators will join the hike, pointing out areas where the greenway trust has preserved land.

The event costs $35 for a shuttle, T-shirt and food.

Everyone is invited to the free Greenway Heritage Celebration that evening at 5 p.m. at the park, where the Issaquah Singers, Dorian Blu and the Rain Kings will perform.

“We’re celebrating our 20 years,” MacCoy said. “We’re going to be celebrating the coalition, everyone who has been involved from start to now, and we’re going to be looking at the next 20 years.”

The greenway trust also invites the public to hear The Fabulous Roof Shakers in a special Friday night Concert on the Green at 7 p.m. July 8 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. The concert is free.

For the last event, people can register for the 10-mile hike from Bellevue to the Seattle waterfront at Pier 58. While hikers pay $35 for a T-shirt and food, and start the day at 8 a.m., the community can join for free at 1:30 p.m. at the pier.

“Just come and enjoy yourself,” MacCoy said.

Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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