Hike Tiger Mountain via West Tiger Trail #3

Washington West Tiger Trail #3

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This is a popular hike, so if you can, save it for a less crowded weekday. 5 mile out-and-back roundtrip hike with a 2,000 foot elevation gain. Once you reach the summit of this well maintained trail, you’ll enjoy views of Seattle and Rainier. Duration: 2-3 hours.

To start this 5-mile roundtrip hike, from the parking lot, you can follow the W Tiger #3 sign, which will lead you to the trail. This hike is easy to do (minus potential crowds) with wide dirt trails, and signage to point you in the right direction.

The first mile of this trail puts you to work heading uphill. Don’t worry, these wide trails leave plenty of room for oncoming traffic or an opportunity to pass if you’re really moving. After the first mile is under your belt, take in a little water and be happy that the trail levels out a bit. As you come across trail junctions, don’t worry, they’re well marked; just stay on W Tiger #3.

If you’re looking to make the trail more challenging, you can head up West Tiger Cable Line, which runs parallel to the trail you’re on up to the summit. This trail is rockier and offers a little challenge, but keeps you away from traffic on the main trail.

If you stay on the main trail, it will get steeper after passing the Cable Line. Keep pushing for a short distance. There is a viewpoint before reaching the summit. After you catch your breath and enjoy a quick view, keep pushing until you reach the 2522’ summit.

Photos:J Brew 1Monty VanderBiltJ Brew 2

Pack List

  • Trail shoes
  • Daypack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Light layers
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2000 Feet

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Features:

Dog Friendly
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over 1 year ago

Better As A Trail Run Than A Hike

My girlfriend and I hiked this last weekend and the title is pretty self-explanatory of our experience. Pros: - trail is wide, very well marked and maintained - ideal for jogging up and down - free parking on the side of the road, right off I-90 Cons: - fairly busy - lack of views due to extensive tree cover Worth hiking once to get a feel for Issaquah and it was relaxing on a brisk winter morning. I wouldn't do it again as a hike, but rather a run.

over 1 year ago

over 2 years ago

Lack of views.

over 2 years ago

almost 3 years ago

This hike is really well marked, making it very easy to find my way to the top. Be sure to bring yourself enough water.

almost 3 years ago

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