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Results List

173 Hikes
Red Town Meadow & Trails

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
Hike easy, very green trails in the northwest corner of Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. View artifacts from the coal mining era. As optional hike extensions, look in on Far Country Falls, or check out the ongoing downstream Coal Creek Trail.
 
 
Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(78 votes)
Hike a short but steep trail with many stone steps. Pause at a viewpoint offering a fine view of Mount Rainier, then continue on to Poo Poo Point itself, only 1.9 miles from the trailhead. Enjoy views to the northwest, and perhaps watch paragliders sailing off into the sky.
 
 
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Explore the far reaches of Taylor Mountain on this gently rolling trail.
 
 
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.
 
 
Tiger Mountain Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
15.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2360 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 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.
Do a thru-hike on the main Tiger Mountain Trail, also known as the TMT. Arrange a car shuttle and start at the southern end. Hike north more than fifteen miles over varied terrain and through different types of forest vegetation. Pass a large glacial erratic boulder, and visit some of the most remote places in the Tigers.
 
 
High Point Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Begin your hike up High Point Trail in wooded, steep terrain, passing a junction with the Lingering Trail and eventually joining up with the Tiger Mountain Trail.
 
 
Klondike Swamp

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 1270.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
The Klondike Swamp Trail traverses much of what is special about Cougar Mountain Park, utilizing old logging roads and railroad grades that take you through charming second growth forest. The loop is easily accessed from the Sky Country Trailhead in Bellevue, and offers a nearly level grade for most of the journey.
 
 
Chybinski Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 1800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.29
(7 votes)
The Chybinski Loop is located in the Cougar/Squak Mountain Corridor, and has many connecting trails and loop options.
 
 
Anti-Aircraft Peak Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
4.75 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1380.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.05
(19 votes)
Hike a loop around Anti-Aircraft Peak in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Hike past sites associated with coal and clay mining, and a former 1950s-era anti-aircraft missile installation. Enjoy good forest trails, some seasonal wildflowers, and a million-dollar view.
 
 
Bullitt Fireplace Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.07
(14 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.
 
 
West Tiger 3

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 2525.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(40 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.
 
 
Bullitt Gorge

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Hike down the south side of Squak Mountain, connecting with the May Valley Loop Trail or the Perimeter Loop Trail.
 
 
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.