How many homes are in Mirrormont? About 580.
How much land does Mirrormont cover? 3 square miles, or 1939 acres, positioned 47.46 degrees north of the equator.
How many members does the MCA have? Membership is voluntary, so membership varies each year. In 2013, there were 258 households that were members.
Who can become a MCA member? Anyone residing in the greater Mirrormont/Tiger Mountain Road area can join. It is an organization of interested residents who work together on community projects and neighborhood concerns.
How is the Mirrormont Country Club (MCC) different from MCA? MCC is a private organization that includes an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and clubhouse. Annual membership is available by subscription, limited to 95 families/members, and there is often a waiting list to join the club. As of 2014, there is an initial refundable fee of about $1000 to join, and annual dues are about $700. For more details and current fees, see http://www.mirrormontcountryclub.org/
Can anyone attend a MCA Board meeting? Yes, all residents are encouraged to attend the MCA monthly meetings to share ideas, provide feedback, or just sit back and learn a lot. Public comment often makes for a lively and informative opening. Don’t worry; you won’t get volunteered for something just for attending (but you’re welcome to if so moved!)
How can someone communicate with the MCA Board? Email one of the contacts listed on the MCA website at http://www.mirrormont.org/contacts/
What are MCA dues used for? Historically, the annual budget has been used for:
- Spring Clean-up 27%
- Community-building & safety 25%
- Insurance 20%
- Maintaining entryway & signs 15%
- Administrative expenses 13%
Mirrormont Pea Patch is self-funded by gardeners’ dues; it was originally created as a MCA project through a grant from King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks. For more information about the Pea Patch, see http://www.mirrormont.org/community/pea-patch/
Who maintains Mirrormont Park and enforces its rules?
Mirrormont Park is owned and maintained by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. The County enforces the rules of the park, mows the grass, clears the trails, cleans up storm damage, and collects garbage.
The Mirrormont Park Committee and MCA have an agreement to develop and maintain the park with the grant they received. The MCA Park Committee members are stewards of the park who strive to mediate the needs of the community with King County, and make improvements such as installing benches and tables. Mirrormont volunteers maintain doggie poop bags, spread chips on trails, trim overgrowth from paths, remove invasive weeds and replace them with native plants. For more information see http://www.mirrormont.org/community/park/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
King County Parks and Recreation rules govern use of the park. They are posted at the park entrance and at http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/legislation/kc_code/10_Title_7.aspx . To report a crime, suspicious activity, or infraction of park rules, call 911 (emergency) or 206-296-3311 (non-emergency).
What priority do Mirrormont roads have in King County during a snowstorm? The “tiered system” instituted in 2012 for County roads resulted in the following service deliveries: during ice and snow events — only 10% of county roads will be maintained as Priority 1, then Priority 2 roads will be plowed after all other Priority 1 roads have been plowed, especially during regional weather events. Priority 3 and 4 road will not be plowed.
- Priority 1 Roads — Issaquah- Hobart Rd and Tiger Mountain Road will receive snow plowing.
- Priority 2 Roads — Mirrormont Blvd entry hill up to Mirrormont Way and up to “water tower hill” and down to Tiger Mtn. Rd.
- Priority 3 Roads — Mirrormont Drive
- Priority 4 Roads — all other roads in Mirrormont. None are expected to be plowed.
King County recommends that residents be prepared with adequate provisions for food, water, medicine, heat, and light for 4—8 days of isolation during these events.
Who do we call about road maintenance? Call Citizen’s Action Request at 206-296-8100 for road maintenance needs, including visibility issues, culvert cleaning, potholes, and any other safety issues. They’ve been responsive, especially when they receive multiple calls. Jeff Granlund (email@example.com) is the King County Roads Maintenance Supervisor for our area.
Can I hike to Tiger Mountain trails from Mirrormont? To access the closest trailhead on Tiger Mountain, go north on 256th Ave SE until it comes to a T with SE 149th St, which becomes 255th Ave SE as it curves to the right. Follow until you get to Tiger Mtn Rd. Cross over and go left about the length of a city block until you come to the trailhead. Alternatively, drive on 152nd to Tiger Mtn Rd, turn left and go about 3/4 of a mile to the trailhead where there is one parking place that doesn’t have a No Parking sign.
To get to the Grand Canyon of Tiger Mtn, which features a modest canyon around Fifteen Mile Creek and a waterfall, follow the trail to the logging road and go left until you come to the first trailhead on your right. The short and secluded walk along Fifteen Mile Creek offers views of waterfalls, cliffs, and an old coalmine, which was mined from 1925—1940 (now sealed). Observe how the exposed gorge walls take on color striations similar to a sunset. Millions of years of soil deposits from glacial formations and changing climates are inscribed in them, layer upon layer.
The trail uses the old railroad grade built and used by Wood & Iverson to log areas of Tiger Mtn (including Mirrormont) in the 1920s. Along the trail are foundations of a “crusher” and a “washery,” quaint terms from a bygone mining era. Where the trail forks, the left fork ends at a viewpoint for the waterfall. The right fork goes up to more views of the creek, a mudslide area where amber has been found, and another sealed coal tunnel.
Fifteen Mile Mine is where nine-year-old George Weyerhauser was kept when he was kidnapped in 1935. Greg Spranger and other Issaquah Historical Society volunteers retrieved a coal car from the flooded mine shaft in 1980. No mining was actually done out of the Fifteen Mile Mine — instead, it was a stock scam. Coalmines on Tiger Mtn never saw their full operational potential. The way the coal seam formed geologically made it difficult to extract coal.