Tiger Mountain State Forest Preston Railroad Trail / Northwest Timber Trail Loop

Issaquah, Washington

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This 11.3-mile loop, suitable for strong intermediates and above, is by far the most entertaining ride available to mountain bikers in Tiger Mountain State Forest. The woods and trails are the highlight of the ride, as views are few. The route travels through second-growth clear-cuts, but also Douglas fir, western red cedar, western hemlock, red alder, and big-leaf maple. At the time of research, the Preston Railroad Trail was graveled for the first 0.6 mile, but the gravel mounds on the side of the trail along the rest of the way indicated more coverage to come. The gravel trail was fun to ride, but it eliminated the rooty, rocky technical challenges encountered on the rest of the trail. The Northwest Timber Trail was much smoother, and by itself can make for an out-and-back, virtually all singletrack route. Scenery: Brief glimpses of Mt. Rainier and valleys below on the initial road climb; trails go under the cover of second-growth woods.
Mountain Bike! Washington

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 11.3-mile loop, suitable for strong intermediates and above, is by far the most entertaining ride available to mountain bikers in Tiger Mountain State Forest. The woods and trails are the highlight of the ride, as views are few. The route travels through second-growth clear-cuts, but also Douglas fir, western red cedar, western hemlock, red alder, and big-leaf maple. At the time of research, the Preston Railroad Trail was graveled for the first 0.6 mile, but the gravel mounds on the side of the trail along the rest of the way indicated more coverage to come.

The gravel trail was fun to ride, but it eliminated the rooty, rocky technical challenges encountered on the rest of the trail. The Northwest Timber Trail was much smoother, and by itself can make for an out-and-back, virtually all singletrack route. Scenery: Brief glimpses of Mt. Rainier and valleys below on the initial road climb; trails go under the cover of second-growth woods.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Issaquah
Distance: 11.3
Elevation Gain: 1,520 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: April 15 through October 15
Trailhead Elevation: 1,377 feet
Top Elevation: 2,397 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region Office, 800-527-3305
Local Maps: DNR Tiger Mountain State Forest.
Driving Directions: Directions to Tiger Mountain State Forest: Preston Railroad Trail / Northwest Timber Trail Loop.

Recent Trail Reviews

9/12/2010
0

Great trail, it is a difficult climb to get started but well worth the effort.


8/11/2010
0

Trail was sweet...fast and sticky. Pretty smooth throughout!


8/17/2007
0

This is a great trail that winds up Tiger mountain through the dense trees. The singletrack is full of roots, but still manageable.


6/14/2003
0

Rode the Preston RR trail for the first time in several years. It used to be one big mud pit. But the BBTC has done a tremendous amount of work on this trail, and it shows. We rode it on a cold, wet day, and it was a blast. Fast, fun, technical singletrack on the decent. The only downsides to this trail are that it is very crowded on weekends, and it's not as long as I'd like it to be. You have to decend about 3 miles on logging road to connect the Preston RR trail up to the NW Timber trail. But, it's a still a lot of fun if you don't have the time to do a longer ride.


5/21/2003
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From Tiger mountain summit off of Hwy 18, trail starts up the road. Great trail, good workout factor and fun singletrack. A little over 3 mile climb up a good dirt rood, pretty steep climb but rideable. Stay to your left at the Y intersection. Trail starts off to your left, this section can be muddy and technical but all rideable even for me. When you come out of this section go left on the road and then right at the Y, continue for about 2 miles on this road. After a good downhill and a steep uphill look for gravel miles on your right the Northwest Timber trail starts behind the gravel pile. Another 2.3 miles of singletrack then come out at a road and go left to the parking lot. Trails well maintained by local bike club BBTC, be sure to join or help out.



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