When you want to simply stretch your legs and enjoy the woods, this is the trail to explore. The summit of Middle Tiger is wooded, so you won’t find grand views. In fact, the entire route is wooded. But that’s okay.
This area is rich with wildlife, from the winged variety (woodpeckers, flickers, red-tailed hawks, Stellar’s jays) to the four-legged kind (deer, bobcats, black bears, cougars, martens, coyotes, raccoons, beavers). There are also the usual suspects when it comes to forest flora—with a variety of trees, bushes, wildflowers, ferns, and mosses—and the usual suspects in summer when it comes to mosquitoes, so visit in fall through spring for swat-free hiking.
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