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.

Congregation marks 9/11 anniversary with service project

September 21, 2010

Andrew Larsen (standing, right) works with other members of Boy Scout Troop 697 and members of his Issaquah LDS church Sept. 11 on the Tradition Lake Reclamation Project toward his Eagle Scout award. By Matt Molen

On the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, members of a local church were hard at work in the community to help give the somber day a new image.

More than 80 volunteers from the Issaquah congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ventured up to Tradition Plateau on a sunny morning to take part in the Tradition Lake Reclamation Project.

Andrew Larsen, a local teen working toward his Eagle Scout award, created the event for his Eagle Scout service project. As a member of the Issaquah LDS congregation, Larsen received many willing hands from his Scout Troop 697 and church. Read more

Tradition Lake trail offers scenic hike

August 17, 2010

A well-maintained, wheelchair-accessible trail extends a half-mile through the woods on the Around the Lake Trail on the Tradition Plateau. By Christopher Huber

Henry David Thoreau had the right idea about experiencing nature: You need to clear your mind before taking a walk in the woods, so you can appreciate its peacefulness.

And it’s true, before going for a hike, climb, walk or a jog in the woods, it’s important to file away all of the worries of the world. Even if it’s for just the hour or so it takes to walk around Issaquah’s Tradition Lake.

“I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit,” Thoreau says in “Walking.” “What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods?”

The city of Issaquah thought so highly of the quote that it put it on one of the educational placards installed along the Around the Lake Trail in the Tradition Plateau/West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area. Read more

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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