Cougar Mountain trail runs wrap up

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

The fourth and final event of this summer’s Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series was held Aug. 8 at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park near Issaquah.

Listed below are results in the men’s and women’s divisions at 3.12, 14.5 and 26.2 miles:

3.12 miles

Men’s division: 1. Alex Doran, Bellevue, 19:46.2; 2. Chris Fields, Auburn, 21:57.2; 3. Charly Martin, Issaquah, 23:01.1; 4. Rocky Jorgenson, Seattle, 23:32.1; 5. Jeff Hunter, Woodinville, 24:53.4.

Women’s division: 1. Katie Bates, Seattle, 22:01.7; 2. Lotte Steuten, Seattle, 25:06.0; 3. Marion Johnson, Bellevue, 26:02.8; 4. Alexa Severtsen, Seattle, 27:45.5; 5. Mira Liu, Yarrow Point, 28:31.4. Read more

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Cougar Mountain trail series completes third event

July 16, 2015

The Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series completed its third run of the summer July 11 at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park near Issaquah.

The series concludes Aug. 8. Listed below are the July 11 top finishers for the men’s and women’s divisions at 3.12, 10.8 and 19.5 miles.

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Runners take to Cougar Mountain trails series

June 17, 2015

The Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series’ latest event was June 13 at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Listed below are results for the men’s and women’s divisions for 3.12, 8.22 and 14.47 miles.

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Cougar Mountain trail runs continue June 13

June 12, 2015

NEW — 1:11 p.m. June 12, 2015

The 13th annual SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series continues June 13 with a variety of races at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park near Issaquah.

Runners can choose from 5-kilometer, 8.2-mile or 14.5-mile distances along the park’s backcountry trail network. The runs start at 9 a.m.

More race details and registration forms are available online at www.seattlerunningclub.org/Events/Cougar/cougarmtn1.html.

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Second Cougar Mountain run is Saturday

June 10, 2014

The second Cougar Mountain Trail Run is at 9 a.m. June 14.

This second event in the series features 8- and 13-mile options in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, through lush forest, fern-lined single-track, over hills and along marshes.

The series has raised more than $126,000 for King County Parks and contributed many hundreds of hours of trail work. The Seattle Running Club and Northwest Trail Runs is working to make this 12th annual event bigger and better.

The series runs the second Saturday of each month through the summer. The next races are July 12 and Aug. 9.

Register at www.seattlerunningclub.org.

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Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns

May 6, 2014

The SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns for a 12th season to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park on May 10, with a wider variety of race options.

Co-produced by Northwest Trail Runs and the Seattle Running Club, the race benefits King County Parks, with more than $126,000 raised since its inception.

Volunteer work groups organized by the Seattle Running Club spend an average of 150 hours each year doing trail restoration work, including improving trail surface conditions, invasive weed removal and picking up trash.

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Celebration is May 10 for Squak Mountain land

April 8, 2014

A public celebration is set to commemorate preservation of 226 acres of high-quality forestland in the Issaquah Alps — the result of a partnership between King County and The Trust for Public Land.

The acquisition adds to King County’s Cougar-Squak Corridor parkland. The area was set for logging more than a year ago.

“Our partnership to protect Squak Mountain’s irreplaceable fish and wildlife habitat is cause for celebration,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “I want to thank The Trust for Public Land and the people of King County on behalf of generations who will enjoy hiking, viewing wildlife and other recreation in this forest.”

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New art installation recalls Cougar Mountain’s coal mining past

March 11, 2014

By Kate Smigiel  Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

By Kate Smigiel
Artist Hans Baumann spreads bio-carbon, a black charcoal often used as a fertilizer for agricultural crops and ornamental plants such as orchids, as part of a large-scale art installation on Cougar Mountain.

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is now home to a unique land-art installation that pays tribute to the area’s coal mining past.

The project, entitled “Black Forest (29,930,000 tons),” is spread across the forest floor in the form of nearly 50,000 pounds of biochar, environmentally friendly charcoal that appears similar to the coal that was once mined from the mountain.

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County art project needs installation volunteers

February 18, 2014

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park will soon host a unique art installation that honors its past, while nurturing its future.

4Culture and the King County Parks and Recreation Division present Black Forest [29,930,000 tons], a land-art project created by Seattle-based artist Hans Baumann.

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Issaquah History Museums presents ‘Cougar Mountain in the Cold War’ on Saturday

January 17, 2014

NEW — Noon Jan. 17, 2014

The Issaquah History Museums will host its first program of 2014 with its presentation of “Cougar Mountain in the Cold War: Issaquah’s NIKE Missile Base.”

Local expert Doug Bristol will present the story of the strategic missile site that was located on the site of present-day Radar Park in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

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