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Help King County Forge the Future for Squak & Cougar Mountain

Posted by Francakes at May 27, 2015 10:45 AM |

New trails are in the works in the valley between Squak and Cougar Mountains. Help shape the future of this developing Issaquah Alps trail system: share your input with King County.

A trail crew on Squak Mountain. Photo by Barbara Budd.

The Issaquah Alps, nestled in the foothills east of Seattle, provide a popular local hiking destination for Puget Sound. The area is comprised of three mountains (Cougar, Tiger and Squak), the least well-known of which is Squak Mountain.

In 2014, King County, working with the Trust for Public Land, purchased 226 acres in the valley between Cougar and Squak Mountains to allow for expanded recreational opportunities in the area.

The new land creates a 730-acre Cougar/Squak Corridor Park that contains the headwaters of a salmon-bearing stream, deep forests, hiking trails and other scenic attractions. WTA, the Issaquah Alps Trail Club and King County have already been hard at work creating a new trail system in the area, but there's plenty of time for you to help shape future trails and amenities.

Give your input for the park

King County needs your input to plan future amenities at the park. You can submit written comments by June 5, or attend a public meeting May 27.

Meeting information:
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Issaquah Middle School (400 2nd Ave. SE, Issaquah)

The form for written comments can be downloaded on King County's website. Forms can be mailed or emailed.

A second meeting where a summary of the input received from the community will be presented is scheduled for June 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall.

Celebrate grand opening on National Trails Day

The park will officially open June 6 during National Trails Day. Festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. including a guided walk and an open house.