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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Volunteers complete trail

April 13, 2010

Issaquah Alps Trails Club and Washington Trails Association volunteers have donated more than 2,200 hours to complete a new trail in the West Tiger Mountain/Tradition Plateau Natural Resource Conservation Area.

Volunteers completed the 0.34 mile-long trail in early March. The groups continue to tweak the path, but the trail has opened to the public.

The trail provides safe access to the High Point Trailhead, when the upper parking lot is full and the only parking available is along Southeast 79th Street.

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Help restore Tiger Mountain on National Public Lands Day tomorrow

September 25, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 25, 2009

Volunteers are needed Saturday for National Public Lands Day, when environmental groups will work on Tiger Mountain.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will join volunteers to conduct trail maintenance and ecological restoration at Tiger Mountain. The work starts at 9 a.m.

The event runs to 3 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the upper parking lot of the High Point Trailhead. Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust will provide coffee and snacks. Learn more about the event here.

Early settlers used Tiger Mountain — a 13,500-acre foothill of the Cascades — for mining and timber. Today, the land is owned and managed by Issaquah and the state Department of Natural Resources. More than 4,500 acres are set aside for recreation and wildlife habitat.

Washington Conservation Corps members, former Greenway Summer Camp participants and other volunteers will remove invasive plants, like blackberry and holly, near the High Point Trailhead.

Volunteers will also build fences to close off the unused, marshy trail that once linked the Swamp and Ruth Kees Big Tree trails.

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