About 125 years ago, loggers began stripping the mountains around Issaquah in earnest to support the coal mining industry and a construction boom in neighboring towns. By 1929, they had exhausted the lumber supply on Tiger Mountain, and its near-barren hillsides loomed over the eastern edge of Issaquah, studded with abandoned stumps, train tracks, remnant sawmills, and other logging debris. The mountain is now a popular hiking destination, and lush growth obscures much of the mountain’s storied past from all but history sleuths. On May 20th, Tom Anderson, one of Issaquah’s most knowledgeable history sleuths, will lead a group of hikers on a trip into Tiger Mountain’s past. It will be a day of tales and surprises, along with the unique scenery that draws hikers to the Issaquah Alps.
This hike is for people who enjoy discovering remnants of the past and don’t mind sweating a bit. It is NOT for everyone. Here are the stats:
- Distance: 6 miles (round trip)
- Elevation gain: 1400 feet
- Approximate duration: 4-5 hours, including lunch
Participants should meet by the steel gate at the intersection of SE 79th St and 270th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA (just off I-90 Exit 22). A Discover Pass is needed for parking.
This moderately strenuous walk will be held rain or shine. Participants should bring lunch along with plenty of water and snacks. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. We love dogs, but due to the number of participants, this particular hike is for people only.
To help ensure that the High Point Logging History Hike is safe and enjoyable for all, participation is limited to a maximum of 10 guests. All participants must register through Eventbrite. Tickets are $10.00 for general admission or $7.50 for members. No “add-on” guests or children under 10 years of age can be accommodated on this hike. All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information, contact the Issaquah History Museums at 425-392-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is made possible by funding from 4Culture.