Located in the Issaquah Alps, Tiger Mountain lies on the threshold between the East Side suburbs of Seattle and the Cascade Mountains. From the trailhead you will find yourself presented with a complex network of trails that scatter throughout the foothills of the mountain. Follow the West Tiger Mountain #3 trail across Tradition Plateau and take the turnoff that leads to the summit. The West Tiger Mountain #3 trail winds in a series of switchbacks that climb upward through the maple and alder that invaded the mountain after it was logged in the early 1900s. The rigorous climb will slightly level out, giving you time to catch your breath as you make your way into the regal forest of cedar and Douglas firs.

©Erika Klimecky

Follow the main trail until you reach the top of the mountain. You will be rewarded for your climb by elegant views of the surrounding Cascade mountain tops and a glimpse (if the weather is clear) of sparkling Lake Sammamish. Because Tiger Mountain is an easily accessible trail, hiking to the top of the mountain in the early Spring/late Winter is a great way avoid the suffocating summer crowds.


Driving Directions:  From 1-90 East take exit 20 for High Point Way. Take a right at the first intersection, then the first right (you will be parallel to I-90). You can either park along the street or drive up the dirt road about .5 miles to a small parking lot.


West Tiger 3
Length: 2.5 Miles one way
Variety: Out and Back
Elevation Gain: 2100
Difficulty: Moderate (My mother could do it)
Season: Spring / Summer
Trail open to: Hikers and Dogs
Passes and Permits: None
Facilities at Trail head: Bathrooms
Maps: Green Trails map: Tiger Mountain 204S

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