West Tiger Loop – 10-18-2014

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Mountaineers hike on Tiger Mountain. Ascended West Tiger 3 via the TMT, and descended via the Section Line trail.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Jo Brown, John Kooch, and Ann-Gwen Orleman.

West Tiger Loop – 10-18-2014 (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:
7.07 miles, 2266 ft. gain, 5 hrs 14 min.

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