The Big Tree Trail is a short (0.5 mile) trail on Tiger Mountain's Tradition Plateau. It passes one of the largest Douglas firs still standing in the Tigers, and also passes a short section of some of the best true swamp you will find in the area, with lots of hanging moss and standing water.
The trail is one of several in the Tigers that do not have a trailhead of their own, so it only can be hiked in combination with other trails. Because the network of trails on the Tradition Plateau is fairly complex, it will be helpful to refer to the Green Trails Map, No 204S, and it will be clear from the map that there are several options for a loop hike that includes the Big Tree Trail.
Many hikers will find our Tradition Lake Loop a particularly satisfying route. It leaves the main High Point Trailhead and takes the Around the Lake Trail, the Bus Trail, the Wetlands Trail and the Brink Trail (briefly,) to reach the Big Tree Trail. After you hike the Big Tree Trail, the route continues on via the Swamp Trail to return to the main trailhead. For important details, check the WTA Hiking Guide for the Tradition Lake Loop.
Other routes leaving the main High Point Trailhead that include the Big Tree Trail will be evident from the map. Or, for a considerably shorter route - but one with an extra 300 feet of elevation gain - you could park at the east end of E Sunset Way in Issaquah and hike up the trail that follows the power line (with an occasional switchback) to reach the Brink Trail just south of the junction with the Big Tree Trail. That option is shown on the map too.
NOTE: A copy of the Green Trails map is posted on the bulletin board at the Main Highpoint Trailhead. You will find another posted at the southeast end of the Wetlands Trail, if you reach the Big Tree Trail from that direction. You can refer to these maps if your own copy is buried deep in your day pack.
The names and locations of Tradition Plateau trails shown on the Green Trails map correspond most closely with what you will find on signs placed along the trails.
Big Tree Trail
- 1.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 110 feet
- Highest Point
- 530 feet
Hiking Big Tree Trail
Big Tree Trail
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 47.5296, -121.9961 Open in Google Maps