Tiger Mountain Trail


Day Hike - Tiger Mountain Trail

A Naturalists hike to look at mosses and lichens, primarily.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft

Park & Ride at 65th and Ravenna NE, Seattle, 8:00 am. We will meet north of 65th, opposite the expresso store and perhaps two or three aisles north of 65th.

If you choose to drive to Tiger Mountain and meet there, please e-mail the leader for directions.

We will not hike the entire Tiger Mountain as in the activities guide. Instead we will take the Nook trail and continue a bit farther on the Section Line trail before backtracking to the Nook trail. We will then join the West Tiger #3 trail. Energy permitting, some will continue to the summit of Tiger Mountain #3 where some fascinating mosses can be seen. Whether you continue to the summit or not, the return will be via the West Tiger #3 trail.

Many of the mosses we'll see on this hike are different from those at Discovery Park (and at Redmond). This is a good follow-up for those that attended the moss and lichen classes this past fall and this winter as well as for those would like to begin exploring the mosses of Western Washington. Stewart Hougen will be along as co-leader to help us with lichens and mosses. Stewart has created a handy introductory study guide that he will make available to participants. It is highly recommended to print that guide out and place the pages in a small notebook, preferably as inserts in plastic pages. And don't forget your 15X or 20X loupe. Loupes can be purchased in Seattle at the U of W Bookstore. A reasonable expectation would be to learn 4-5 new mosses and lichens. Photographing them with a digital camera or even a phone allows one to review at home what one has seen in the field.

Recommended book Pojar, Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Recommended website British Bryological Society Field Guide online.


Tiger Mountain Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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