West Tiger 1-2-3 Loop – 04-05-2014

Mountaineers hike on Tiger Mountain. The loop begins at the High Point Trailhead (Discover Pass Required for Drivers). Ascend the TMT and K-3 Trail to Tom’s Crossing. Visit West Tiger 2 and 3. Follow Road to West Tiger 1. Descend Poo Top Trail to Larry’s Crossing. Take TMT to Fifteenmile Gap. Visit Poo Poo Point and Hike the Poo Poo Point Trail back to the Tradition Plateau.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Kari Durr, Linda Fairchild, Lisa Grayson, Tom Davis, Ming Rutar, Krystine Beard, Louise Kornreich, and Richard DuBois.

West Tiger 1-2-3 Loop – 04-05-2014 (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:
10.88 miles, 3175 ft. gain, 7 hrs 18 min.

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