Hikers should avoid Tiger Mountain trail due to exposed electrical cables

October 25, 2011

The state Department of Natural Resources warned hikers to avoid the Cable Line Trail on West Tiger Mountain due to exposed electrical cables at ground level.

Hikers access the trail through the lower parking area at the High Point exit along Interstate 90. The trail then heads up the mountain to communication towers.

Though the Department of Natural Resources does not manage the trail, the agency said the hazard is serious and encouraged hikers to use other trails.

The affected trail could reopen in 30 days or sooner.

Tiger Mountain hike launches statewide trails fundraiser

August 2, 2011

Lace Thornberg, Mickey Weinrich and Pam Roy (from left) start a month of Hike-a-Thon trips with a five-mile roundtrip West Tiger 3 hike Aug. 1 at the High Point Trailhead. By Greg Farrar

The long trek across the Evergreen State started just after dawn on Tiger Mountain.

The nonprofit Washington Trails Association launched Hike-a-Thon, a monthlong fundraiser to protect and maintain trails, at the High Point Trailhead near Issaquah just after 6 a.m. Aug. 1.

In the month ahead, more than 100 hikers plan to climb, ramble and slog across mountains, coasts and other scenic destinations.

“Tiger Mountain is the perfect place for people who work in Issaquah and Redmond and Seattle to just head out before work, get on the trail, get some exercise, get their hearts pumping before that long workweek,” association Development Director Rebecca Lavigne said.

Lace Thornberg, hike leader and Washington Trails magazine editor, said the early morning Tiger Mountain hike offered a chance for participants to jumpstart Hike-a-Thon.

“This 6 a.m. guided hike is our way of helping these awesome folks get their Hike-a-Thon campaigns started with a bang,” she said. “Before 9 a.m., when they head off to work on Monday, these hikers will already have five miles under their boots for their Hike-a-Thon campaigns. That’s pretty cool.”

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Monthlong Hike-a-Thon to launch at High Point Trailhead

July 28, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2011

Hikers plan to rise and shine not long after dawn Monday — and then hike all month long — to help the Washington Trails Association preserve and maintain trails across the Evergreen State.

The nonprofit organization’s annual Hike-a-Thon is scheduled to launch at 6 a.m. Monday at the High Point Trailhead near Issaquah. Hikers can register at the organization’s website or call 206-625-1367. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt.

“This 6 a.m. guided hike is our way of helping these awesome folks get their Hike-a-Thon campaigns started with a bang,” Lace Thornberg, hike leader and Washington Trails magazine editor, said in a news release. “Before 9 a.m., when they head off to work on Monday, these hikers will already have five miles under their boots for their Hike-a-Thon campaigns. That’s pretty cool.”

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Knock invasive plants dead at Scotch Broom Massacre

May 19, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. May 19, 2011

Issaquah turns into the site of a massacre Sunday.

Issaquah Environmental Council members and volunteers gather at the High Point Trailhead to massacre invasive Scotch broom.

The annual Scotch Broom Massacre runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants should meet off of Interstate 90 Exit 20.

Organizers encourage volunteers to bring loppers or pruners. Organizers provide snacks, gloves and some tools.

RSVP on the Issaquah Environmental Council website and call Barbara Shelton at 466-8470 to learn more.

Preston trail connector, a missing link in greenway, opens Thursday

December 15, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 15, 2010

Join state Department of Transportation and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust on Thursday to open a trail connector between High Point and Preston.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday along the north side of Interstate 90 at Exit 20.

The organizations completed a 1.25-mile trail connector last month. The piece connects the Issaquah to High Point Trail almost to the trailhead for the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail and completes a missing link in the greenway.

The connector also means hikers and other trail users no longer need to detour onto High Point Way or the interstate. The link is part of the county regional trails system.

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Crews complete ‘missing link’ trail connector

December 7, 2010

$4.7 million piece means no more detours for hikers

The hike from High Point to Preston is easier, or at least safer, nowadays.

Gone is the need for hikers to use tight road shoulders or turn for a nail-biting detour onto Interstate 90.

The state Department of Transportation and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust completed a 1.25-mile trail connector last month. The piece connects the Issaquah to High Point Trail almost to the trailhead for the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail and completes a missing link in the greenway.

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High Point Trailhead to close Friday for maintenance

October 14, 2010

NEW — 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14, 2010

The state Department of Natural Resources plans to close the High Point Trailhead and access road Friday for maintenance and grading of the road and parking area.

The closure is expected to last for a day.

The trailhead — off of Interstate 90 at the High Point interchange, or Exit 20 — provides the main access point to the trail system through the Tradition Plateau/West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area.

County outlines plan for Lake Sammamish Trail

June 1, 2010

The plan to upgrade a King County trail snaking along Lake Sammamish from Issaquah to Redmond inched forward last week, as the county released a key environmental report for the project.

The county released the environmental impact statement May 28. The report details the effect trail development could have on water quality, nearby wetlands, fish and wildlife, and adjacent properties.

Residents can review the document at the Issaquah and Sammamish libraries. The final document will be available for 30 days.

East Lake Sammamish Trail stretches from Northwest Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah and north to Redmond. Issaquah and Redmond sections of the interim trail opened in March 2004. The interim portion through Sammamish opened in 2006. The trail meanders through a former railroad corridor along the east side of the lake.

Plans call for the county to replace the existing gravel trail with asphalt and a separated soft-surface strip for pedestrians and equestrians. Rules prohibit equestrians from using the existing trail.

Design for the Issaquah segment should be completed by October. Construction on the Redmond portion should start in late November or early December.

The upgrade should complete a missing link in a 44-mile urban regional trail corridor connected to the Burke-Gilman Trail, the Sammamish River Trail and the Issaquah High Point Trail.

Planners released a draft environmental report in late 2006. The design team then addressed questions and comments from trail users and county residents in the final environmental report.

The county prepared the final report in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the state Department of Transportation in order to meet federal and state environmental requirements.

Get involved

King County planners released the final environmental impact statement for a planned redevelopment of East Lake Sammamish Trail. Read the report at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, or the Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E.

Rescuers locate injured mountain biker

April 20, 2010

King County Search and Rescue workers located a mountain biker early April 19 who had gone missing near Lake Tradition.

Issaquah Police searched the area for the 41-year-old man late April 18, and then asked the rescue group for assistance. Searchers located the man at about 1:15 a.m., just off a steep trail west of Lake Tradition.

The mountain biker had sustained head injuries due to a fall from his bike. Eastside Fire & Rescue crews transported him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. His condition could not be determined by press time.

The police became involved after hikers noticed the mountain biker’s cell phone on a trail near Lake Tradition on the High Point Trailhead, and notified a friend of the man who then contacted police.

Rescuers find injured mountain biker near Issaquah

April 19, 2010

NEW — 7:45 a.m. April 19, 2010

King County Search and Rescue workers have located a mountain biker who had gone missing near Lake Tradition on Sunday.

Issaquah Police searched the area for the 41-year-old man, and then asked the rescue group for assistance. Searchers located the man at about 1:15 a.m. Monday, just off a steep trail west of Lake Tradition. The mountain biker had sustained head injuries due to a fall from his bike. Eastside Fire & Rescue crews transported him to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. His condition could not be determined Monday morning.

The police became involved after hikers noticed the mountain biker’s cell phone on a trail near Lake Tradition on the High Point Trailhead, and notified the man’s friend, who then contacted police.

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