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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

We respectfully acknowledge the lands we are visiting are the homelands of Indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest, some of whom have reserved treaty rights on these lands. Tribes continue to rely on and share in the management of these lands today. Please tread gently and treat these places with respect.

Results List

173 Hikes
East Tiger

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2940 ft.
Highest Point: 3004.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.57
(7 votes)
 
Branch off from the Paw Print Connector to the east side of Tiger Mountain and explore this trail with many access points.
 
 
Silent Swamp Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
Hike a restored trail in the southeast corner of the Tigers, through an area that is very green, with impressive moss cover and with many huge, decaying stumps remaining from logging a century ago.
 
 
Inside Passage

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.00
(1 vote)
This 1.6-mile section of trail is located in the Tiger Mountain State Forest. It is popular with mountain bikers and hikers.
 
 
Preston Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
 
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Hike from a transmission line on the north side of Tiger Mountain to various trails on the mountain.
 
 
Grand Ridge Park

Issaquah Alps

 
7.0 miles of trails
Gain: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(12 votes)
Grand Ridge Park includes 7 miles of WTA-built trail through western red cedar trees, sword ferns, nettles, berries and, at times, slugs. This trail is a little piece of the backcountry close to Seattle and is open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
 
 
Poo Poo Point

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1748 ft.
Highest Point: 2021.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(121 votes)
Hike railroad grades dating from the logging era. Cross many small creeks, some of them seasonal. Pass tall trees draped with moss. Enjoy ferns and, in season, forest wildflowers and a few wild berries. Reach a fine viewpoint that's also a favorite launching spot for paragliders.
 
 
Wilderness Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1598.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.09
(32 votes)
Hike trails named in honor of mountaineers Jim Whittaker and Nawang Gombu, of 1963 Mount Everest ascent fame. Wilderness Peak may not be Everest, but it is the highest point in King County's Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and it does have some wonderful old-growth conifers. This loop offers a diversity of steep forested hillsides, huge mossy boulders, and a low swampy area traversed via a narrow boardwalk.
 
 
Cable Line Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2022 ft.
Highest Point: 2522.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.74
(23 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
What a workout! The Cable Line Trail on Tiger Mountain is not for the weak of heart, nor the weak of knees. A steep, slippery incline awaits you here, climbing over 2,000 feet in just 1.5 miles to the summit of West Tiger 3.
 
 
Tiger Mountain Trail South

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 520 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.10
(10 votes)
Hike the southernmost part of the Main Tiger Mountain Trail - the TMT - for a gentle introduction to the southern slopes of the Tigers. The trail is usable all year unless there has been significant lowland snow. In spring, enjoy blooms of trilliums and other wild flowers. In the fall, appreciate the colors of leaves that carpet parts of the trail.
 
 
Yellow Lake

Issaquah Alps

 
1.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 420.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
Hike an easy loop trail through a wide forested buffer zone around this lowland lake. Appreciate the many tall trees that give the illusion of being in a much more remote location, and enjoy the view from a dock from which the entire lake can be seen. In season, see a variety of waterfowl.
 
 
Section Line Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2022 ft.
Highest Point: 2522.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
A steep trail to the summit of West Tiger 3.
 
 
Seattle View Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Aptly named, find excellent views of Seattle from this connector trail on Tiger Mountain.
 
 
Poo Top

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2948.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Hike along a ridgeline to the summit of Tiger 1. Access from Tiger Mountain Trail, West Tiger 1, and Main Tiger Trail.
 
 
West Tiger 3

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 2525.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(39 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Don't expect solitude here- this is perhaps the most heavily used trail on Tiger Mountain, and for good reason. Fortunately, there is plenty of room to share. This close-to-the-city wild land trail provides stunning views, great forestlands, and ample opportunities to see birds and critters. West Tiger- one of the sprawling mountain's four primary peaks (West, Middle, South and East)- is itself a tri-crowned peak. Numbered 1 through 3, the third of the West Tiger peaks offers the best views, despite being the lowest of the triplets.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Elk Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Enjoy a short hike through lush greenery on this newly renovated trail.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Hermit Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
2.24 miles, one-way
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Wander through the eastern reaches of Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Boot Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
On the south side of Taylor Mountain, this trail gains a couple hundred feet as it curves through the forest above Carey Creek.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Sherwood Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Starting out along Carey Creek, the Sherwood Trail climbs to a high point on the eastern edge of Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Mount Beaver Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.84 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Wander along this forested slope above Carey Creek in the southern portion of the Taylor Mountain Forest.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Ridge Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.57 miles, one-way
Gain: 425 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Cross over two small creeks as you make your way up and over Holder Ridge.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.46 miles, one-way
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
This trail follows salmon-spawning Holder Creek before a short climb in the northern section of Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Holder Knob

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.28 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
A good short day hike with the best views on Taylor Mountain.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Carey Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
1.47 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
This popular path for horseback riders follows a gentle grade along Carey Creek to connect with the Taylor Mountain trail network.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Whiskey Still Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.66 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
The Whiskey Still trail is part of the Taylor Mountain trail system and can be used to make a variety of loops.
 
 
Taylor Mountain

Issaquah Alps

 
30.0 miles of trails
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.54
(13 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
The extensive trail system at Taylor Mountain Forest is used by equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers. This working forest is intended to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management, protect and restore ecological systems and provide passive recreational opportunities. Taylor Mountain is dominated by mature red alder trees. Trail users will see recent efforts to convert some of the forests from red alder to conifers.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Donkey Engine Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.44 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
This quick out-and-back will satisfy your outdoor craving without the exertion of a full day hike.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Knee Knocker Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
3.02 miles, one-way
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 1650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closures: While 2 bridges are being replaced from Aug. 2 through early October 2021 several trails will be closed at Taylor Mountain. Some trails will be closed for the duration of the project while others will close intermittently. Visit King County Parks Taylor Mountain page for specific closures.
Explore the far reaches of Taylor Mountain on this gently rolling trail.
 
 
Dwight's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
 
Detour off the Lingering Trail and amble through forest to junctions with the Preston Trail or the Bootleg Trail.
 
 
Margaret's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(52 votes)
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 
Bullitt Fireplace Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(13 votes)
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.