Protection of Wild Lands
We are dedicated to the protection of Wild Lands and quality of life. We are advocates for the lush mountains, valleys, rivers, and streams in the Issaquah Alps region.
To educate and involve the public, we build trails and offer multiple free guided hikes every week of the year.
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club (IATC) has always been more than a hiking club. From its earliest days, the club has been a voice for the protection of not only trails but the open spaces through which they run, achieving unprecedented victories with the creation of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, West Tiger Natural Resources Conservation Area, Tiger Mountain State Forest and numerous parks, open spaces and county and state forests.
The advocacy work of the club is ongoing, and takes many forms:
- Protecting public open space and parks from improper use and the impacts of nearby development.
- Negotiating and working with developers to secure trails and open space within their projects.
- Working with public agencies and private landowners to secure more permanently protected parks and open spaces in the Issaquah Alps.
- Supporting permanent acquisition of lands dedicated to sustainable forestry and agriculture.