Tent City 4 camps outside Issaquah while awaiting word on next home

March 17, 2015

After being turned down for a permit to take their encampment to county-owned property in Issaquah, Tent City 4 set up camp March 14 on state-owned property off Interstate 90’s exit 20.

In a press release dated March 13, a spokesperson for King County said the original site south of Issaquah was not a suitable location for Tent City 4, a camp of about 40 homeless men and women, for several reasons.

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Parking lot, trail access for Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park open

January 20, 2015

The popular Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park now has more parking and better access, according to a King County Parks partnership project news release.

Work has been completed on the new 74-space parking lot at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road that will serve as the main access point for the mountain bike park. The lot opened Jan. 17, and will be open daily from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.

The lot includes spaces for two truck-and-trailer combinations, a drop-off zone and restrooms. A new, quarter-mile connector trail has also been built that links the new lot to park’s southern entrance on Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. The trail provides park users with a safe, dedicated path. Read more

Third Cougar Mountain Trail Run is July 12

July 8, 2014

The third of five events in the Cougar Mountain Trail Run series is July 12.

Runners can choose to participate in a 10- or 20-mile course, or a 5K, that loops through some of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails.

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.

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New lot at Duthie Hill Park to be completed in October

July 1, 2014

King County Parks will build a new 74-vehicle parking lot at Duthie Hill Park that will serve as the park’s main trailhead and greatly expand parking for the increasingly popular mountain bike park.

The work will begin early this month and should be completed by October.

The parking lot, at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road, will include two spaces for truck-trailer combinations, a drop-off zone (handy for large events), plus portable restrooms. Construction won’t require any closures at the park or disruptions to trail users.

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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.

Duthie Hill Park hosts Mountain Bike Festival

June 3, 2014

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 at Duthie Hill Park.

The event features more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths, bikes available to test ride from all the top brands, jump jam demonstrations, mini skills clinics, events for kids, food and beverages concessions, raffles and more. Families are encouraged to attend.

The festival is free and open to the public. For $10 (Evergreen members) or $20 (nonmembers) festival-goers can demo bikes all day, join skills clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in the pump track challenge and baby fatty obstacle race.

In 2013, approximately 1,800 people attended the festival, which celebrates the sport of mountain biking and offers new enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy one of the best mountain biking experiences around. The festival is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to support its work — protecting, building and maintaining trails statewide.

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Celebration for Squak Mountain land acquisition is May 10

May 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 6, 2014

A public celebration of a recent Squak Mountain land acquisition is at 10 a.m. May 10, when partnership leaders and environmental supporters will make brief remarks and invite everyone to take any of several short, guided hikes through the forest.

The event includes options for hikes of varying lengths through the property. Access to the celebration location is at 10610 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E.

The entire parcel was 226 acres that was set to be logged a year ago.

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Editorial — Turns out you can fight City Hall after all

April 15, 2014

Turns out you can fight City Hall after all

While it may be true that you can’t fight City Hall and win, you might be able to win it over.

So, it seems, is the case with Save Squak in its battle over Squak Mountain land that was set for logging a little more than a year ago.

In January 2013, 15-year Squak Mountain resident Helen Farrington was concerned that clear-cutting 216 acres of forest could impact a fork of May Creek. Salmon had just returned to the area, and residents feared that with logging, they would be gone again.

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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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King County seeks trail photos for new regional trail map

March 25, 2014

King County Parks has launched a search for the best photo taken from anywhere on its regional trail system.

The winning photo will become the cover of the Regional Trails in King County map when it is reprinted in September, and will remain on the cover for at least the following six months.

Submitted contest photos should convey trail users’ experiences along the King County regional trail system, whether the photos are taken while commuting along the Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park, rollerblading along the Cedar River Trail near Maple Valley or during a long walk with a dog along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail outside Carnation.

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