West Tiger 3
Apr 21, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
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- Hike: West Tiger 3
- Region: Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
- Agency: Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region
- Trails: West Tiger 3 (#TIGER)
- Avg Rating: 3.21
I made my first slug sightings of the year, Arion rufus (European brown slug) and Ariolimax columbianus (Pacific banana slug). As we neared the top, we could see the surrounding mountains (Mount Si, West Defiance Ridge) through the trees. At the top, we could see all the way to the Olympics. There were lots of hikers at the top, and the gray jays were capitalizing on the situation. We learned that they prefer grapes over trail mix, for one thing.
On the way down, we didn't pay careful attention and ended up taking the West Tiger Cable Trail down most of the way. It was steeper and rockier, with many mud patches, and poles were helpful. We reconnected with the main trail about 1 mile from the bottom.