Issaquah Alps Trails Club aims to get edgier, hipper — and younger

April 17, 2012

Despite its adventurous name, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club looks more like your local Lions Club.

“Most of the club members are getting pretty long in the tooth,” said board member George Potter, 63. “The average age of our board is almost 70.”

The graying of this grass roots hiking-and-environmental advocacy group has spawned a new goal: to get younger, edgier and hipper, if only for its very survival.

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Volunteer on National Public Lands Day

September 21, 2010

Help Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers yank invasive plants at Lake Sammamish State Park or upgrade Tiger Mountain Trail on National Public Lands Day Sept. 25.

The day celebrates service and recreation on public lands.

Crews plan to remove invasive plants at the state park and conduct trail work from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for half- or full-day stints at the park. The trail work is limited to full-day volunteers. Sign up at the greenway website.

Volunteers at Tiger Mountain will repair overused trails by resurfacing, brushing and fixing drainage issues.

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

“Tiger Mountain remains one of the most popular places to recreate in the greenway,” greenway Executive Director Cynthia Welti said. “There is something for everyone.”

Volunteer on National Trails Day

June 1, 2010

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will join Mountains to Sound Greenway Volunteers at Tiger Mountain and Little Si trails on June 5 to mark National Trails Day.

Starting at 9 a.m. June 5, greenway volunteers will build a trail surface, improve the trailhead and improve drainage at the popular trails sites. Sign up to volunteer at the greenway website.

Goldmark celebrated National Trails Day last June at the same state-managed natural areas. The public lands commissioners also serves as a greenway board member.

Trail safety encouraged after attack on hiker

May 11, 2010

Linda Vanderwall hikes challenging Poo Poo Point Trail on Tiger Mountain several times each week and sometimes she makes the steep trek alone.

Vanderwall became more cautious after the April 24 attack on a Seattle woman working on Tiger Mountain Trail, but she refused to alter her routine. Instead, she started toting a mobile phone during hikes after the attack.

“I’m not going to be forced to curtail my exercise because of some guy,” she said last week.

Instead, she hopes to bring together other hikers — especially women — to hike Tiger Mountain without worry.

The woman in the attack said a man dressed in running gear and armed with a stun gun shocked her with the device and pushed her to the ground at about 10:40 a.m. on a Saturday morning — a time when the trail draws weekend hikers and runners.

The woman — part of a state work crew — fought her attacker, escaped and reported the incident. Police continue to search for the suspect.

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Woman attacked on Tiger Mountain Trail

May 4, 2010

Police said a man armed with a Taser or stun gun attacked a woman on Tiger Mountain Trail, just outside of Issaquah, on April 24.

The woman, a 24-year-old Seattle resident and a state Department of Natural Resources employee, fought off her attacker and escaped with only minor injuries. Police did not catch the suspect.

The woman said a man in running attire accosted her as she worked about 100 yards up the trail at about 10:40 a.m. Saturday. The man approached her, engaged in small talk and when she turned around he grabbed her, shocked her with the device and pushed her to ground.

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Sketch released of Tiger Mountain Trail attacker

May 4, 2010

NEW — 1:31 p.m. May 4, 2010

Detectives released a sketch Tuesday of the man who attacked a worker on the Tiger Mountain Trail on April 24. Police need help from the public to identify the suspect.

A 24-year-old Seattle woman was attacked at about 10:40 a.m. She was able to fight off her attacker, who was armed with a stun gun or Taser, and she received only minor injuries.

Call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 or 911 with information about the suspect.

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Man attacks woman on Tiger Mountain Trail

April 28, 2010

NEW — 2:48 p.m. April 28, 2010

Police said a man armed with a Taser or stun gun attacked a woman on Tiger Mountain Trail, just outside of Issaquah, on Saturday.

The woman, a 24-year-old Seattle resident and state Department of Natural Resources employee, fought off her attacker and received minor injuries. Police did not catch the suspect.

The woman said a man in running attire accosted her as she worked about 100 yards up the trail at about 10:40 a.m. Saturday. The man engaged in small talk, and when the woman turned around, he grabbed her, shocked her with the device and pushed her to ground.

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