Construction, timber sale affect Tiger Mountain trail access

July 5, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. July 5, 2011

Tiger Mountain hikers and paragliding enthusiasts should expect trail closures and increased traffic on a forest road amid construction and a summer timber sale.

The timber harvest and road construction required the state Department of Natural Resources to close a 1.6 mile section of Tiger Mountain Trail from the Middle Tiger Trail junction south toward the West Side Road trail junction.

The activity could also require the agency to close a segment of the West Side Road, just west of the Iverson Railroad Grade Trail to allow road bridge construction across Holder Creek. (The creek joins Carey Creek to form Issaquah Creek.)

In addition, short-term closures of the west end of the Iverson Railroad Grade Trail could also be required during road bridge installation.

The closure is expected to continue through October and next summer as well. The timber sale activity in Tiger Mountain State Forest started June 24.

Hikers should use the Middle Tiger Trail and travel the West Side Road to bypass the closed Tiger Mountain Trail segment. Forest mangers reminded hikers to use caution near the timber sale site. The agency is also posting updates for hikers online.

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