September 17, 2011
NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 17, 2011
The state Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plan to build trails on Tiger Mountain for National Public Lands Day.
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and the Department of Natural Resources invite the public to join volunteers and partner organizations to celebrate public lands Sept. 24.
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. The volunteers attending the National Public Lands Day events receive a complimentary one-day Discover Pass.
The local event for National Public Lands Day is a bike trails work party on East Tiger Mountain.
September 7, 2010
Almost every day, Paul Winterstein commutes the 12.5 miles from his house on Squak Mountain to his workplace in Redmond.
He began biking to work in 2008, after two of his four children got their drivers’ licenses. Instead of buying another car, he decided to bicycle to work, rain or shine. Bicycling helps keep him fit and be a good role model for his children, he said.
The more he used local roads to bike to work, the more he noticed how road construction affected his safety and route.
With road changes happening frequently, Winterstein decided to start an Issaquah Bicycle Club that would unite the area’s bicyclists, helping give them a voice at Issaquah City Council meetings and a presence in the community.
The group could also organize rides, share bicycling tips and bring people together, giving bicyclists a stronger unified identity, much like hikers who belong to the Issaquah Alps Trails Club.
Kent Peterson, an Issaquah bicyclist who works as a bike technician at the Bicycle Center of Issaquah, said he enjoyed mountain biking and that he looked forward to joining the club.
“There are certain roads that are better riding on than others,” Peterson said. “It’s nice to have a place where you can share that knowledge with other people.” Read more
June 29, 2010
Mountain bikers knew if they built a course, others would come
Klahanie resident Dan Veitch has a new place to practice his faith. You’ll just have to excuse the fact his altar tends to get a little muddy; for the congregation Veitch belongs to receives its sermon atop a BMX bike. And his chapel is the new mountain bike trails built at Duthie Hill Park.
“It’s like our church,” Veitch said. “On Sundays, you’ll see a bunch of guys getting their religion.”
So, it was only appropriate one of the flock of true believers headed the construction. Project manager Mike Westra, a self-described former tech nerd, said the Duthie Hill trail was built by bikers for bikers, through the help of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
The park debuted to a grand dedication ceremony May 22, featuring jumping demonstrations and more than 20 vendors offering gear, much of it best suited for the BMX course.
Westra said over the years, no one had built trails designed specifically for mountain biking.
“We’ve actually been kicked off a lot of hiking trails, from Cascade to Tiger mountains,” he admitted.
July 21, 2009
As the sun creeps out from behind the shady trees, the birds begin their morning rituals. The call-and-response chirps and flutters fill the air with vibrant song. A plethora of critters emerge from the moist ground and dewy vegetation to start the day once again.
Butterflies drift along the trails and retreat back into the thick woods as one of the first early-rising mountain bikers tear through the park.
It’s a perfect day for a stroll through Soaring Eagle Regional Park just outside Sammamish. The park is known for its 12-mile network of trails, popular with area mountain bikers and equestrians. Because of its relatively small area, the park is conducive to quick bike rides after work or at night, according to the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. The trails can be bumpy and rough in some places, but are not too difficult.
Soaring Eagle Park also offers solace to those interested in taking a walk on their lunch break or families wanting to explore the backwoods before enjoying a picnic outside.
The 630-acre (one-square-mile) park, filled with mature forests and protected wetlands, is a refuge for black tail deer, black bears, bobcats and more than 40 species of birds, according to the King County Parks and Recreation Web site. About 300 acres of the park are protected under a conservation easement. It was named in 2001 by a second-grader at Samantha Smith Elementary School.
King County last year ceded 30 acres of the park to the city of Sammamish. In exchange, the city will be developing ballfields near the park’s Trossachs entrance, but planning has not yet begun for the process. Another 50 acres might be available (a 1993 plan called for the development of 80 acres of the park), but its future is uncertain. Read more