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
December 23, 2014
Hiking was at the top of the wish list followed by mountain biking and camping for the long-planned Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation area.
More than 2,500 people were surveyed as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources planning process for the 53,500-acre swath of land that runs from Tiger Mountain to the Pratt River and Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
October 3, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 3, 2014
Bring young bike riders up to age 16 to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4.
The event at Duthie Hill Park is free and open to all ages. It includes guided trail riding, an obstacle course for little ones, an exciting jump show from local and pro riders, a free barbecue and tons of prizes.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age to the when he passed away in 2002.
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.
June 24, 2014
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.
May 5, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2014
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance staff and volunteers will be at the East Tiger Summit parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 to celebrate the grand opening of three new trails open to mountain biking that were completed this spring: Silent Swamp, Joy Ride and Fully Rigid.
The public is invited to come out for free guided rides at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the new trails. There will also be updated trail maps, information about what’s next for mountain biking at Tiger and a barbecue.
September 17, 2013
The nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Washington Student League hosts the Dirt Explorers Club for students in grades seven through 12.
The Dirt Explorers Club lets teens explore new trails, make new friends, work on basic mountain bike skills, stay fit and have fun riding in the outdoors. Dirt Explorers is open to bike riders of any ability or fitness level.
The club meets from 10 a.m. to noon:
- Sept. 21 and 28 — Des Moines Beach Park, Des Moines
- Oct. 5 and 12 — Philip Arnold Park, Renton
August 27, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 27, 2013
Join the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance during its first ever Dig-A-Thon, a project that relies on volunteers to build and maintain trails statewide, until Sept. 29.
Participants who volunteer for at least three hours at a trail work party can enter a raffle for prizes, including a Diamondback Sortie 29-inch mountain bike frame valued at $2,000. Evergreen will draw for raffle prizes during the grand finale barbecue Sept. 29.
Volunteers of all ages, experience and fitness levels can participate. Most of the trails are multi-use, and all are open to mountain bikes.
October 30, 2012
Tiger Mountain is a destination for hikers, mountain bikers and loggers, and the official responsible for acting as a referee to balance the competing interests is the state commissioner of public lands.
Republican Clint Didier is challenging the incumbent, Democrat Peter Goldmark, to serve as the top natural resources official in Washington.
The commissioner of public lands leads the state Department of Natural Resources, and oversees about 3 million acres of forests, agricultural land and other properties, as well as about 2.6 million acres of shorelines, tidelands, lakes and rivers.
The position carries outsized influence in the Issaquah area. The agency is often a factor in local policymaking, due to the connections among the Department of Natural Resources, Issaquah City Hall and outdoor recreation groups.