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Connector Trail

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain
47.3865, -121.3848
0.3 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
57 feet
Highest Point
1508 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Tiger Mountain Forest. Photo by MooMers. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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The Connector Trail does what it says it will do and leads from the parking area to many other trails within the East Tiger Trail System. Continue reading

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Hiking Connector Trail

Tiger Mountain is a dynamic forest owned and managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Classified as a working forest, this area is host to many different purposes. In addition to timber harvesting to fund public services across the state, this forest also provides crucial habitat for native plants and animals along the I-90 corridor, water and air filtration, and an extensive network of trails for recreation. Revenue from logging goes most notably to fund the construction of K-12 public schools across the state. The main recreation groups—hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders—are all represented here as well.

Because this is a working forest, DNR periodically closes certain trails for logging operations. It is a good idea to become familiar with the trail network and to check for trail closures before getting your heart set on a route. Trails on East Tiger are designated by their allowed user group and have different sets of rules as a result. For mountain bikers, many trails are one-way, while hikers and horseback riders can travel in both directions. Other trails are hiker only, mountain biker only, or off limits to horseback riders. Check the DNR website for a full list of trails and their corresponding users.

At 0.2 mile, the Connector Trail is a short segment that is easily accessible from the Tiger Summit Trailhead. It is a non-directional trail, open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Begin down this trail immediately after leaving the parking area and delve into the complexity of Tiger Mountain. After no time at all, cross access road 4000 and continue on to where the Connector Trail lives up to its name and sure enough connects to either the Master Link Trail or the NW Timber Trail.

Connector Trail

Map & Directions

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-90, take exit 25 and head south on highway 18. After 4.2 miles, turn into the wide pullout on the right. From here follow signs down a gravel road for 0.3 miles to the Tiger Summit Trailhead.

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Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Guidebooks & Maps

DNR: Tiger Mountain Forest map

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