USA Today spotlights Issaquah Alps trails

February 28, 2012

By Staff

Issaquah Alps peaks and trails garnered national attention Feb. 21 after USA Today featured the Eastside mountains in a travel piece.

The feature 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 last year 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 the October 2011 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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One Response to “USA Today spotlights Issaquah Alps trails”

  1. Shannon Tice on March 1st, 2012 1:12 pm

    Right now, trails, forest, and Salmon habitat are threatened by aggressive timer sales on SW Tiger Mountain near Mirrormont. Virtually the entire 15 mile-creek basin has “Timber Sale Boundary” signs posted. That’s right. Clear cutting is planned within two miles of Issaquah Creek. In addition to threatening the hiking lifestyle many enjoy in this part of the forest, this will surely threaten critical Salmon habitat.

    Who is in charge of defending our Salmon habitat in this area? Where can a citizen turn to get more information?

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