West Tiger No. 3

West Tiger No. 3

Elev. Gain: 
2,000 ft.
High: 
2,560 ft.
Where:
Issaquah, WA
Distance: 
5.60 miles (round trip)
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Rating: 
3
Nice trail close to city. Marginal views.
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Overview

Proximity reigns in the land of rain and Tiger Mountain happens to sit just twenty minutes outside of the Seattle metropolis, making it the closest year-round option for mountain hungry enthusiasts. Don't let the popularity scare you away. It's a wonderful six-mile roundtrip hike through a rich second-growth forest to a bald summit at 2,557' with a sweeping view of neighboring foothills, Seattle, Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, and the Olympics.

The first mile is steep, but soon enough you'll find a more gentle ascent of switchbacks and meanders that lead to the view. Although the trail is wide and well marked, make sure you read the signs to stay on the right path. There are over 80 miles of trails on Tiger Mountain, it would be a bummer to end up on the wrong one.

Intersecting the trail at several points along the route is the West Tiger Cable Line, which is not an official trail, but rather a steep and sometimes rocky direct route to the summit often used by trail runners and conditioning climbers.

Permits & Tips

Discover Pass required. Toilet and shelter at trailhead. No drinking water available. Busy year round, expect crowds even on weekdays.

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How to get there

Drive east on I-90 to exit 20.
Go right at the end of the off-ramp and take another immediate right onto the road paralleling the freeway (SE 79th Street).
Drive onto gravel and through the open gate about one mile to the High Point Trailhead parking lot. This is a very large gravel loop with room for a hundred cars or so.
Note: the cars you see along the shoulder on your way are probably runners heading up the unofficial Cable Line Trail, which is not where you want to go. Also, the gate is usually closed and locked around 7:00PM, so plan accordingly.