West Tiger Loop – 01-24-2015

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Mountaineers hike on Tiger Mountain. The loop runs via the (1) Bus Tr, (2) Gas Line Tr, (3) Poo Poo Point Tr, (4) One View Tr, (5) Tiger Mountain TR to West Tiger 3, and (6) descent via West Tiger 3 Tr. Optional side trip to Poo Poo Point.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Ross Cantrell, Trisha Comsti, Brian Garza, Meryl Lipman, Alice Long, Mizuho Naka, and Elizabeth Soll.

West Tiger Loop – 01-24-2014 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

References:

  • Green Trails Tiger Mountain, No 204S.
  • Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, Poo Poo Point
  • Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, Tiger Mountain Trail
  • Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, West Tiger 3

Hiking the crown jewel of Tiger Mountain State Forest is a rite of passage for serious Issaquah Alps explorers. The trip isn’t to be taken lightly, however. It requires a long day and good conditioning. It also requires some planning, as you’ll need to arrange for a car at the trail’s end. The 16-mile route weaves around or over most of the primary peaks on Tiger, and since it crosses scores of other trails and not all the intersections are well-marked, good routefinding skills are essential.

Driving Directions
From I-90 take exit 20 and then turn right onto the frontage road paralleling the interstate. In just under 0.5 mile the road ends at a gate. The gate opens daily, though it is closed and locked at 7:00 PM. Park outside the gate if you’ll be returning late in the day. Otherwise, continue another 0.4 mile to the Tradition Plateau trailhead.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.5296,-121.9956)
Discover Pass required.

Hiking Stats:
9.84 miles, 2470 ft. gain, 5 hrs 52 min.

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