King County Parks just unveiled the new name of a trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to honor local conservation hero and activist Harvey Manning. What was formerly known as Anti-Aircraft Peak is now Harvey Manning Trailhead to commemorate Manning’s lifelong work to save the Issaquah Alps as a “wilderness on the metro,” and a place for people to escape to the woods nearby.
Parks Deputy Director Katy Terry was joined at the renaming celebration on Wednesday, June 29 by King County Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett, former Executive Randy Revelle, Councilmembers Larry Phillips and Reagan Dunn, Issaquah Alps Trails Club President Kurt Leonard, and Manning’s daughter Penny Manning to unveil the sign with its new name.
Councilmember Phillips described Manning’s philosophy of naming a place in order to protect it – hence the moniker Issaquah Alps – as well as Manning’s trailblazing work to preserve wildland places. His innovative and tireless work to conserve natural lands and promote recreation access became the cornerstone of the movement to create the Mountains to Sound Greenway.