West Tiger 3 Trail

Tiger Mountain State Forest, Washington

Distance2.5mi
Elevation Gain1,982ft
Trailhead Elevation1,125ft
Top2,467ft
Elevation Min/Max540/2467ft
Elevation Start/End1125/1125ft

West Tiger 3 Trail

West Tiger 3 Trail is a hiking trail in Issaquah, Washington. It is within Tiger Mountain State Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 1,125 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,982 feet. The trail ends near West Tiger #3 (elevation 2,526 feet). There are also a bare rock and benches near the end of the trail.

West Tiger 3 Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"When it comes to a hiking destination, what could be more satisfying than 14,000 acres of heavily forested mountain with 70 miles of hiking trails only thirty minutes from downtown Seattle? That’s right... nothing.

Tiger Mountain serves up a sumptuous spread for the hungry hiker, offering everything from easy nature trails to long, steep terrain. The Around the Lake Trail, which circles Tradition Lake, provides an easy and accessible introduction to Tiger Mountain."

"Don’t expect solitude here—this is perhaps the most heavily used trail on Tiger Mountain, and for good reason. Fortunately, there is plenty of room to share. This close-to-the-city wildland trail provides stunning views, great forestlands, and ample opportunities to see birds and critters.

West Tiger—one of the sprawling mountain’s four primary peaks (West, Middle, South, and East)—is itself a tri-crowned peak. Numbered 1 through 3, the third of the West Tiger peaks offers the best views, despite being the lowest of the triplets."

"Follow Tiger Mountain’s finest old rail line while exploring some of the wildest and remotest stands of forest remaining on the mountain. You’ll even find some outstanding views during this long, gentle hike. If you want to keep from swatting mosquitoes with every step, visit in fall through spring."

"The crown jewel of the Tiger Mountain trail network will be thirty years old in 2009: the Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) officially opened on October 13, 1979.

This long trail meanders across the three main Tiger peaks, running some 16 miles from the southeast side of the big mountain all the way across to the northwest corner of the Tiger Mountain State Forest. This hike—the northern end of the TMT—is one of the more scenic stretches you’ll find, with grand views and plenty of natural habitat to explore."

"Although Number Three is the lowest of West Tiger Mountain’s triple summits, the view from the top is as good as from any of them. This fun loop takes a direct line to the popular peak, then descends a secluded route through the mountain’s lush forests to explore some interesting natural features at Talus Rocks and Tradition Lake."

West Tiger 3 Trail Reviews

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5/27/2012
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9/12/2009
While this trail certainly isn't deserted, its not like you have to shove your way through people, either. I would say during my 3-hour, 6-mile round trip hike I saw 50 other people or so. I certainly don't mind that, given the excellent maintenance of the trail. However, beware of unleashed dogs. The trail is pretty much uphill the entire way, but never too steep. It gets slightly steeper towards the top. Great view of the northern/northeastern cascades before you reach the summit. Summit boasts decent views towards the peninsula and Olympics, but pine trees cover much of the view. Not really a great payoff in terms of a good view for the work, but the rest of the hike is charming.
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7/11/2009
Forest here is nice. View at top is nice too, but not spectacular. Trail has some loose rock and is steep at the very end (last .5 miles). The description is correct in that there was a lot of traffic on this trail.
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7/30/2006
Strenuous hike for a beginner, which I am. The view at the top IMHO was not spectacular due to the fact that it was partially blocked by either the side of the mountain or trees.
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Trail Information

Tiger Mountain State Forest
Nearby City
Tiger Mountain State Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Issaquah Alps Trails Club, PO Box 351, Issaquah, WA, 98027; www.issaquahalps .org. Washington Department of Natural Resources, PO Box 47000, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98504-7000; (360) 902-1000; www.dnr.wa.gov. Washington Native Plant Society, 6310 NE 74th St., Ste. 215E, Seattle, WA 98115; (206) 527-3210 or (888) 288-8022; www.wnps.org; wnps@wnps.org.
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer—Washington, page 46; Green Trails Maps, Map No. 204S: Tiger Mountain
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