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Talus Rock Trail

A connector trail on Tiger Mountain. Access to or from West Tiger 3, Nook Trail, and Section Line Trail.
Driving Directions:

From I-90 take exit 20 and then turn right onto the frontage road parallel-ing the interstate. In just under 0.5 mile the road ends at a gate. The gate opens daily, though it is closed and locked at 7:00 PM. Park outside the gate if you'll be returning late in the day. Otherwise, continue another 0.4 mile to the Tradition Plateau trailhead.

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Talus Rock Trail — Mar 30, 2014 — Alcor
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail
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Arrived at the Tiger Mountain parking lot around 2:00 PM. The dirt road beyond the main gate has som...
Arrived at the Tiger Mountain parking lot around 2:00 PM. The dirt road beyond the main gate has some deep potholes. Drive slowly to not damage your vehicle. Parking lot was only 1\4 full. Did not see a lot of hikers on the trail.

The first part of the shared trail with West Tiger #3 was steep, but wide and generally well maintained. Once you split to the right for "Talus Rocks Trail", the trail becomes fairly narrow and less maintained. If you are hiking with children, please keep a watchful eye as the trail follows the cliff edge in places and has some steep sections, until it gets closer to the rocks.

The waterfall was beautiful and the talus rocks were huge, forming caves beneath them. Some spaces between the rocks were blocked with gates. There are benches here to rest and explore the rocks. From here, we joined up with the Nook Trail, which is mostly downhill and eventually the well maintained Bus trail.

Overall it was a great easy hike for a Sunday afternoon and no crowds was a bonus!

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Nook Trail, Around the Lake Trail, Swamp Trail, Tiger Mountain Trail North, Cable Line Trail, West Tiger 3, Talus Rock Trail — Feb 21, 2014 — George & Sally
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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I had not hiked on the north side of Tiger Mtn. in over a year. Started this loop trip from the High...
I had not hiked on the north side of Tiger Mtn. in over a year. Started this loop trip from the High Point Trailhead. Hiked the connector trail east to the parking area for the Cable Line Trail. Went up the trail that switchbacks up to the PSE power line, then the trail goes straight up the steep hill side. When I got to the Tiger Mtn. Trail, I headed back down hill to the West Tiger No. 3 Trail. Then went up hill to the junction with the Talus Rock Trail. Hiked this trail over to Talus Caves. Along the way there was some snow on the trail and the tall water fall at the unnamed creek that was flowing at a good rate. From the caves I hiked down the Nook Trail.

About half way down the Nook Trail, I stopped for lunch at the wooden bench that over looks the creek from the waterfall. A few other hikers were heading up as I ate. After lunch I hiked down to the Bus Trail and went west. At the trail junction by the old bus body, I took the trail around the west side of Tradition Lake. At the lake view spot I could see a few ducks swimming. From there I took the power line trail over to the Swamp Trail and hiked it back to the parking lot to complete the loop. Didn't see to many hikers, except on the West Tiger No. 3 Trail, where there were many people heading up or down the trail. On the other trails I saw very few other hikers. So if you get off of the main trail to West Tiger No. 3, you'll have a better time with no crowds. When I got back to the parking lot, it began to rain. Other hikers were just starting their hikes, some wearing cotton sweatpants. No to waterproof for a winter hike.
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Bus Road, Talus Caves of Lake Tradition — Feb 08, 2011 — Ranger Mike
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Water on trail
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3.4 mi/+620/-620 ft, 115 min round trip (hiking times will vary) trailhead & endpoint 47.52951/-1...
3.4 mi/+620/-620 ft, 115 min round trip (hiking times will vary)

trailhead & endpoint 47.52951/-121.99642, 520 feet, Tradition Plateau Trailhead

No snow. Some large puddles on trail. One blowdown.

This is a easy to moderate hike. Route taken counter-clockwise: Bus, Power Line, Section Line, Talus Rocks, Connector, West Tiger 3 Trails.

Bus and Power Line Trails are on a flat alignment. Section Line trail climbs on a moderate grade to junction with Talus Rocks Trail. Shallow climb thence to junction with West Tiger 3 Trail. Moderate descent thence to trailhead.

The trail is in fair condition with a few puddles. There is one blowdown (10" d) on Talus Rocks Trail about 0.1m west of Nook Trail junction.
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Section Line Trail, West Tiger #3 Trail, Talus Caves of Lake Tradition — May 23, 2009 — dianay
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Mudholes | Bugs
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Crowded day at the High Point Trailhead - cars parked all along the road leading to the gate, and a ...
Crowded day at the High Point Trailhead - cars parked all along the road leading to the gate, and a relatively full lot. Lots of families with children and dogs, as well as couples and a few loners. Weather was fantastic - sunny and warm.

We took the Nook Trail up to the Talus Rocks Trail junction (1 mile). It was a pleasant but steady climb amidst vibrant greenery. Lots of ferns. We encountered a large group of 10 people, and a few smaller groups along the way.

Stopped off at the Talus Rocks for some photo breaks. The rocks are fairly picturesque and you can wander in and around and between them - one of my favorite scenes on Tiger Mountain.

Headed back towards the Section Line Trail intersection and headed towards West Tiger #3 via the Section Line trail. A small stream I had seen just yesterday on this path was already dry today.

We were the only folks headed up on the Section Line, but we encountered a brave handful going down. Section Line is a real thigh-buster - poles are handy, but not necessary. It just seems longer than it actually is because the grade is so steep; we only took about 10 minutes to move from the West Tiger Railroad Grade junction to the summit. I would have hated to descend via Section Line but the trip up was pleasant. Very dry, lots of fallen trees and debris, but nothing obstructing the trail.

Summit was well populated. View was nice but more obstructed by trees than I recalled from my last visit. Colorful paragliders were visible in the distance. Saw a few white-breasted nuthatches savoring some bugs and leftover chips, and what seemed to be a boreal chickadee hopping about. View was much better along the West Tiger #3 trail but descent was not terribly interesting. I'd recommend taking the Talus Rocks Trail to the Nook or Section Line Trails back to the trailhead.

Lots of plants in various states of emergence - salmon berry, indian plum, heucheras, field violas, vanilla leaf, bedstraw, siberian miner's lettuce, trillium, thimbleberries, maidenhair ferns.. a fun time to be in the forest!

Less buggy today than it was yesterday. Yesterday I took West Tiger 3 up to Talus Rocks, to Section Line down, viewed a few paragliders from the road, then continued via the Bus Trail to the Around the Lake Trail, with a stop off at Tradition Lake for photos. There was a sign on the TMT trail indicating a trail closure at the K3/High Point junction, so I opted not to take it. It was incredibly buggy - lots of mosquitoes. I felt like every time I looked down there was another bug sucking away at my arm. Would recommend repellent if available.

All in all, a great two days on Tiger Mountain.
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Talus Rock Trail, West Tiger 3, Tiger Mountain Trail, K-3 Trail — Jan 09, 2009 — desp
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail | Snow on trail
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I did a 6 mile loop hike around Tiger (Talus, unmaintained, #3, TMT, K-3, TMT) today. There are tree...
I did a 6 mile loop hike around Tiger (Talus, unmaintained, #3, TMT, K-3, TMT) today. There are trees down and branches on the trails as expected after the snow and rain, but no more than other storms. Snow on the top and I met a very nonchalant deer.

The real reason for this post is to report damage to one of the foot bridges on the TMT. This is on the NE side of the mountain just past Anschell Allee on the way up. This is the smaller of the 2 bridges. There was a landslide 50 yards above the bridge. The creek was so high that you can see from the mud patterns that the water was actually over the bridge!
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Talus Rocks along the Talus Rock Trail. Photo by Ranger Mike.
Location
Talus Rock Trail (#TIGER)
Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
Tiger Mountain State Forest
Statistics
Roundtrip 1.2 miles
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Discover Pass required
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