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West Tiger 3

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain
47.5296, -121.9956 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2100 feet
Highest Point
2525 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
West Tiger 3. Photo by Stephen.
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife

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This close-to-the-city wild land trail provides stunning views, great forestlands and ample opportunities to see birds and critters. Of the three peaks on West Tiger, this peak offers the best views, despite being the lowest of the triplets. Continue reading

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Hiking West Tiger 3

Seattle and the Puget Sound is known for its world class mountaineers. Though they've scaled many an international peak, many of them practiced their chops on this fairly diminutive, but close-to-town leg-burner. There are many trails which start or finish around I-90’s “High Point Way” exit 20, but Tiger 3 is one of the best trainers in the area. It isn’t particularly hard but it isn’t easy either as it winds steadily uphill on old logging roads through a rejuvenating forest.

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. 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.

When starting this hike from either the road or from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) parking lot one should be careful, as there are several trails heading off in different directions. However, Tiger-3 is well signed as it heads initially west and then quickly south from the southwest end of the parking lot. Over the course of the trail there are at least six spur trails, many of them signed, taking off in every direction, offering the chance to extend your hike in a myriad of ways.

The old logging road bed, which accounts for most of T-3, climbs at a steady grade for three miles, gaining roughly 2000 feet in the progress. Being an old road, the way is wide, and so many users enjoy this trail. Winter can be an extra special time for families with it’s close proximity to the city.

The last half-mile mile flattens out just slightly as it crosses and recrosses the Cable Trail which ascends relentlessly and unceremoniously from I-90 along the hill’s steepest grade. The summit of Tiger-3 isn’t fancy, but it provides enough space to have a meal or catch your breath.

For those who are interested and have a good map there are numerous alternative trails that return to I-90 and exit 20. For the patient and observant, there is the opportunity to view wildlife along these routes. This author has personally seen owls, deer, and a bear.

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Hike Description Written by
Austin Smith, WTA Correspondent

West Tiger 3

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5296, -121.9956 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Discover Pass

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 Seattle, take I-90 east to exit 20 for High Point Way. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right at the stop sign and then immediately turn right again. You will now be traveling west, paralleling I-90 on your right. Park along this road if you can find a spot--it's popular here because no permit is required.

If you can't find a spot on the road, or you've found a spot and you're read to start hiking, travel another half mile or so through a gate and along a paved road, before coming to the official DNR parking lot where a Discover Pass is required. Water, maps, and toilets are also available here. Be aware that the gate closes to this lot at night.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Issaquah Alps > Tiger Mountain

West Tiger 3 (#TIGER)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle Guide Book

Buy the Green TrailsTiger Mountain No. 204S map

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