County trail named after Issaquah Alps Trails Club founder
Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead at King County’s Cougar Mountain Wildland Park was renamed in honor of Issaquah Alps Trails Club founder Harvey Manning.
“The impact that Harvey Manning had on King County’s landscape is quite evident when looking at a map, or simply looking out the window of a car as it travels along Interstate 90 from Bellevue to Issaquah and beyond — past thousands of acres of protected public open space,” King County Parks Director Kevin Brown said in a news release.
Manning was a leading voice in the fight to preserve public open space in the Cascade foothills – including Cougar Mountain, which was scheduled to be developed into thousands of homes. He coined the term “Issaquah Alps” and was the club’s first president.
As a result of Manning’s conservation advocacy, Cougar Mountain is King County’s largest park and serves as the westernmost portion of public open space that stretches from the borders of Bellevue east past Issaquah.
A prolific author of hiking guidebooks and a founding member of the Issaquah Alps Trail Club, Manning helped introduce thousands of people to the outdoors.
"Harvey founded the Issaquah Alps Trails Club in 1979, leading hikes, wrangling with politicians and saving thousands of acres of lowland forest on Cougar, Squak, Tiger, Taylor and Rattlesnake Mountains, the wild backyard of Seattle-Bellevue urban areas,” said Karl Forsgaard, a board member of the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
“Harvey wrote of the lowlands and 'wilderness within' in his four-volume Footsore series,” Forsgaard continued. “Later, he helped launch the Mountains to Sound Greenway, linking and protecting green lands along the I-90 corridor. He is one of my heroes."
King County officials and Issaquah Alps Trails Club members celebrated the name change in a June 29 ceremony.
Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead got its name from the Cold War-era missile installation that was placed upon the high ground some six decades ago. Anti-Aircraft Peak will retain its name.