East Tiger Mountain New Trails Grand Opening Celebration is May 10

May 5, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2014

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance staff and volunteers will be at the East Tiger Summit parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 to celebrate the grand opening of three new trails open to mountain biking that were completed this spring: Silent Swamp, Joy Ride and Fully Rigid.

The public is invited to come out for free guided rides at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the new trails. There will also be updated trail maps, information about what’s next for mountain biking at Tiger and a barbecue.

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Crews to start trail project near Sunset Elementary School

January 1, 2013

Motorists should prepare for changes along West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast near the Issaquah School District’s Sunset Elementary School, as crews start work on a $4.8 million project to add a trail for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The initial phase encompasses a section of roadway between Interstate 90, near the Issaquah-Bellevue line, to Southeast 34th Street in Bellevue.

Under a plan approved Nov. 5 by the Bellevue City Council, crews from Tacoma-based Active Construction plan to add a multipurpose trail separated from vehicle traffic by a landscaped buffer. Plans also call for crews to add pedestrian crossings along the north-south corridor.

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Parks task force recommends 2013 property tax measure

December 10, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 10, 2012

King County voters could decide next year on dollars to complete the East Lake Sammamish Trail, add a Cougar Mountain trailhead in Issaquah, and continue funding parks and trails countywide.

Late last month, King County Parks Levy Task Force members unanimously recommended continuing a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks, trails and open space. Voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent pair of park levies in 2007.

The voter-approved levies fund the bulk of park operations, but the property tax measures expire in December 2013. In June, King County Executive Constantine convened the task force to explore options future funding.

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Tiger Mountain State Forest bike trail opens

September 11, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources opened a mountain bike trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest on Sept. 5 — 1.4-mile-long stretch long awaited by mountain bikers.

The result of months of construction, East Tiger Summit Mountain Bike Trail is the first new mountain bike trail built on Tiger Mountain in 20 years. The trail is accessible from the Tiger Summit Trailhead along state Route 18 southeast of Issaquah.

Department of Natural Resources planners received a pair of state Recreation and Conservation Office grants to build mountain bike trails on East Tiger Mountain and connect the path to existing trails.

The state received significant help from the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and volunteers to complete the project.

State opens mountain bike trail on Tiger Mountain

September 5, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 5, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources opened a mountain bike trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest on Wednesday.

The 1.4-mile East Tiger Summit Mountain Bike Trail is the first new mountain bike trail built on Tiger Mountain in 20 years.

The state joined the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on the project. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Washington Conservation Corps — as well as volunteers — dedicated hundreds of hours to support the project.

The trail is accessible from the Tiger Summit Trailhead along state Route 18 southeast of Issaquah.

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East Lake Sammamish Trail closes for upgrades

May 22, 2012

The regional East Lake Sammamish Trail through Issaquah is closed for up to a year as crews remove the existing gravel surface and construct a 12-foot asphalt trail.

King County closed the trail to all users May 14. The closure affects a 2.2-mile stretch from Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 43rd Way.

The estimated cost to complete the segment is $2.74 million. The county used funding from the King County Open Space and Trails Levy, federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Plans also call for crews to add gravel shoulders, concrete sidewalk connections, retaining walls, fencing and signage, plus wetland planting and landscaping.

The extensive work in the narrow corridor required a complete closure. Officials advised trail users to find alternate routes around the closed section.

The upgrade is meant to make the trail accessible to a wider range of users, including bicyclists with narrow tires, those with inline skates and others.

The completed East Lake Sammamish Trail is meant to stretch 44 miles from Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to Issaquah.

Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails open

April 24, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources opened Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails for the season April 14.

The opening includes the Iverson Railroad Grade, Northwest Timber and Preston Railroad Grade trails. The routes offer popular mountain biking opportunities for riders from Issaquah and the Central Puget Sound area.

Though the trails opened for the season, road closures could affect recreation opportunities on Tiger Mountain.

On weekdays in April, crews plan to install culverts. The installation could prompt closures on the Main Tiger Mountain #4000 forest road and cause delays for outdoors enthusiasts using the road. Come mid-summer, crews plan to install a vehicle bridge on the West Side #1000 forest road. Officials said the project should require the closure of Iverson Railroad Trail for a few days.

Due to a heavy winter snowpack, the planned mountain bike trail in the East Tiger Mountain area is not likely to open until mid-summer. The state agency and the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance collaborated on the East Tiger Summit Trail project. Completion depends on volunteer labor.

The agency offers volunteer opportunities at Tiger Mountain and other state lands. Learn more at www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/OtherRecreationInformation/Pages/dnr_volunteer_program_recreation.aspx.

State opens Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails

April 11, 2012

NEW — 1:50 p.m. April 11, 2012

The state Department of Natural Resources plans to open Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails for the season Saturday.

The opening includes the Iverson Railroad Grade, Northwest Timber and Preston Railroad Grade trails. The routes offer popular mountain biking opportunities for riders from Issaquah and the Central Puget Sound area.

Though the trails open for the season Saturday, road closures could affect recreation opportunities on Tiger Mountain.

On weekdays in April, crews plan to install culverts. The installation could prompt closures on the Main Tiger Mountain #4000 forest road and cause delays for outdoors enthusiasts using the road. Come mid-summer, crews plan to install a vehicle bridge on the West Side #1000 forest road. Officials said the project should require the closure of Iverson Railroad Trail for a few days.

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Bill for Interstate 90 bridge reaches $6.7 million

November 1, 2011

The bill for the pedestrian and bicyclist connector across Interstate 90 is costing Issaquah $450,000 more than city leaders budgeted for the project.

City Administrator Bob Harrison (right) and Mayor Ava Frisinger lead Issaquah and regional officials across the Interstate 90 pedestrian bridge Oct. 26. By Greg Farrar

The total budget for the project is about $6.7 million, up from the $6.2 million set aside to complete the bridge across the interstate at state Route 900. The budget increase accommodates engineering expenses, construction cost and construction management cost increases, and legal and permitting fees related to the connector.

The change increases the amount of city dollars used in a project approved in part because the federal government and Sound Transit offered to cover substantial costs.

Construction delays and other issues — such as using off-duty police officers for traffic control near the construction site — caused costs to mount. The city set aside about $314,000 as contingency funds for the project, but the overruns caused the project to exhaust the backup dollars.

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Build Tiger Mountain trails for National Public Lands Day

September 20, 2011

The state Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plan to build Tiger Mountain trails Sept. 24 for National Public Lands Day.

The local event for National Public Lands Day is a bike trails work party on East Tiger Mountain.

The event at the Tiger Summit Trailhead, southeast of Issaquah, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The state natural resources agency and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance need volunteers to dig, clear debris and bench in a trail on the East Tiger Summit Trail.

Organizers plan a barbecue lunch to follow the work party.

Contact Sam Jarrett at 206-375-0448 or sam.jarrett@dnr.wa.gov to learn more.

Participants should bring water, snacks, work gloves, work boots and, if possible, personal protection equipment, such as a hardhat and tools, for digging and brush clearing.

Participants at each of the Department of Natural Resources-sponsored events can receive a voucher for a complimentary Discover Pass, a parking pass for state parks and lands.

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