USA Today spotlights Issaquah Alps hiking trails

February 22, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9 a.m. Feb. 22, 2012

Issaquah Alps peaks and trails garnered some national attention Tuesday after USA Today featured the Eastside mountains in a travel piece.

The piece outlines trails and points of interest on Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains — including the long-defunct Nike Ajax missile installation on Cougar Mountain and the paraglider launch site on Tiger Mountain.

“Hiking through Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, on to Squak Mountain State Park Natural Area and into Tiger Mountain State Forest adds mileage but provides a scenic route,” the guide notes.

The piece is the latest national recognition for the Issaquah Alps and the mountains’ namesake city.

Runner’s World magazine named Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park among the 25 best places for trail running in the United States.

Issaquah, long lauded in the Puget Sound region for trailheads and salmon, earned a spot on Outside magazine’s Best Towns 2011 list for abundant outdoor recreation opportunities.

“Issaquah hasn’t been totally yuppified,” Outside noted in a cover article. “The biggest party of the year is Salmon Days, a two-day festival in October celebrating the return of the spawning fish.”

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