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Tiger Mountain
pnwhikes > Central Cascades > Issaquah
Tiger Mountain
More than 80 miles of trails are located within the 13,000 acre Tiger Mountain State Forest. The trailheads are located less than a half hour from Seattle, and this makes it one of Washington's busiest trailheads. Cars can be seen parked along the High Point entrance all the way to the freeway, but not to worry. The park's extensive network of trails distributes the crowds and gives something for hikers of all abilities. Consult the map at the trailhead to pick your route as several give challenging hikes with spectacular views. Tiger Mountain is the perfect place for your serious hiker or for a casual stroll with the whole family.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
View 80 mi 1 / 5 7.1 / 10 2080 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs

Accessibility
Year-round

Permits
No permits needed, parking is free
 
Hike Featured In...
Day Hiking Snoqualmie RegionDay Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
By Dan A. Nelson
Driving Directions:
High Point Trailhead
From Seattle, east on I-90 to exit 20. Right off freeway, then take an immediate Right onto S.E. 79th St, go 1 mile to the trailhead.

Tradition Plateau Trailhead
From Seattle, east on I-90 to exit 18. Stay right at the fork and turn right at the light onto Highlands Dr NE. The gravel parking area will be on the left hand side, a short distance down the road.

Chirico Trail Trailhead
From Seattle, east on I-90 to exit 17. Turn right off the freeway onto Front Street and travel 2.8 miles to the gravel parking area on the left side of the road. The trailhead is across the field.
Contact Information:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
South Puget Sound Region
950 Farman Avenue N
Enumclaw, Wa 98022
Tel: 360.825.1631
Fax: 360.825.1672
southpuget.region@dnr.wa.gov
http://www.dnr.wa.gov

Books
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Maps
Green Trails #204S Tiger Mountain
#204S Tiger Mountain
USGS Fall City
Fall City
USGS Hobart
Hobart
Tiger Mountain Trailhead near Issaquah, WA Lush vegetation near the Brink Trail Your first view back towards Issaquah and Lake Sammamish in the distance The scenic forest of the Big Tree Trail One of the largest and oldest trees on Tiger Mountain, 200 to 400 years old! The boardwalk of Swamp Trail and leaning trees damaged in a windstorm Lush vegetation thrives in the Swamp Trail area A picturesque view of Around the Lake Trail An abandoned bus, you will find this on Bus Trail Scenic Round Lake makes a great spot to stop for a picnic The dense forest that contains Big Tree Trail Tiger Mountain - From pnwhikes\'s hike report on Monday, August 10, 2015. Tiger Mountain - From pnwhikes\'s hike report on Monday, August 10, 2015. Tiger Mountain - From pnwhikes\'s hike report on Monday, August 10, 2015. Tiger Mountain - From pnwhikes\'s hike report on Monday, August 10, 2015. The trailhead - From pnwhikes\'s hike report on Monday, August 10, 2015. Tiger Mountain - From pnwhikes\'s hike report on Monday, August 10, 2015. It was a rainy muddy day. - From Rhuarc\'s hike report on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Scrambling up the bank near the bridge that was out. - From Rhuarc\'s hike report on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Crossing a small stream because the bridge was out... - From Rhuarc\'s hike report on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Quite the workout, but very enjoyable! - From Rhuarc\'s hike report on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Coming down Tiger Mountain #3. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. The view from the top facing West. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. The view from the top facing West. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Coming down Tiger Mountain #3. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. A paraglider as viewed from Tiger Mountain #3. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Mt. Si from Tiger Mountain #3. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Welcome to the West Tiger #3 Summit Elevation 2522 - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. A paraglider as viewed from Tiger Mountain #3. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. A view of the Olympics from Tiger Mountain #3. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. The view from the top facing West. - From tammie\'s hike report on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Top of Tiger 3 after Cable Line route - From kstobie\'s hike report on Thursday, April 15, 2010. The trail winding through the trees, that was most of the trail - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, December 13, 2009. The nearby mountains to the south were obscured by the snowfall - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, December 13, 2009. Some blue sky that didn't last for very long - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, December 13, 2009. The trail quickly getting covered with a light layer of snow - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, December 13, 2009. The trail towards the beginning of the hike, fairly wide - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, December 13, 2009. It really started snowing as I reached the summit - From AJTrekker08\'s hike report on Sunday, December 13, 2009. Talus Rocks - From wedgie01\'s hike report on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Low cloud in the lowlands from Tiger 3. - From wedgie01\'s hike report on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Summit at West Tiger # 3 - From wedgie01\'s hike report on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Tiger Mountain - From jarodmartin\'s hike report on Sunday, October 19, 2008.
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Old growth forests don't exist on Tiger Mountain any more, as they were long ago logged away. But what does remain are the old trails where railroad tracks once laid, that were needed to haul the timber away.

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From the trailhead, take the Bus Trail for 0.25 miles before veering left onto the West Tiger 3 Trail and then keep right after the fork. Stay on the main trail from here as it ascends up the switchbacks. After 2 miles you will cross the West Tiger R...Read More
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The Tradition Lake Loop hike on Tiger Mountain begins by following the Bus Trail south from the Tradition Plateau trailhead. You will cross several small creeks here and you will reach the Bonneville power lines at 0.8 miles. From here you will head ...Read More
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The northern section of the Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) begins at the Tradition Plateau trailhead. Follow the Bus Trail from the trailhead before turning left onto the West Tiger 3 Trail, then make another quick left to start your journey on the TMT t...Read More
Highlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarHighlighted StarDim StarDim StarDim StarDim Star Issaquah - High Point Trail (0.8 mi away)
The Issaquah - High Point Trail begins in Preston, Washington just off exit 20 on I-90. The easy going path parallels East Fork Issaquah Creek and I-90 for 2.3 miles as it makes its way toward Issaquah. Here you'll find lush, green forests, the t...Read More
An intersection on the Issaquah - High Point TrailA gate at the bridge allowing you to cross East Fork Issasaquah CreekA view of East Fork Issasaquah Creek from the bridgeA view up towards I-90 and Tiger MountainA person riding a horse in the distance on the lush trailAnother view of East Fork Issasaquah Creek from the trailNothing to see here except for green!A huge rock face requires further investigation
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Grand Ridge Park is located amongst the ever growing Issaquah Highlands. The development has destroyed some of the old trails here, but new trails are being constructed by King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association. The trail system can ...Read More
Near the Coal Mine trailheadAnother view of the forested trailThe trail climbing towards Central ParkAnother view of the forested trailAnother view of the forested trailThe trail emerges under power linesThe sun beginning to set over IssaquahThe power lines at the Central Park trailhead
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This trail wanders about as if in no hurry to reach its destination. This loop startson the High Point Trail, wraps around some of Tiger Mountain on Dwight's Way and RR Grade Trail before meeting back up with High Point Trail and ending where it...Read More
The trailhead on Tiger MountainA small creek crossingThe trail in the forests of Tiger MountainA small cascadeA fork in the trailA less scenic portion of the trail
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From the trailhead, head east on the Rainier Trail. You will hike for a short distance before coming to a junction with the High School Trail. Turn right to head away from the high school, and towards Tiger Mountain. Along the trail you will also enc...Read More
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From the parking area, you'll need to walk along the road a bit to reach the trail. Start by heading east on Bush Street, and cross Front Street. Turn south on Newport Way, and following it as it crosses Issaquah Creek. Continue south on Wildwood...Read More
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The Chirico Trail (also refered to as Pilots Trail) is a steady climb up the western side of Tiger Mountain to Poo Poo Point. The point and the field below are used as a major paragliding park in cooperation with the Washington State Department of N...Read More
Chirico Trail trailhead in IssaquahA paraglider nears the landing areaThe second of many paragliders that were out that dayAn example of Chirico Trails ruggednessThe lush green colors near the beginning of the hike
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