Day Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 1


Day Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 1

The first hike in a series: Less Traveled Trails on Tiger Mountain. Karen Wallace and Danielle Graham will be leading Thursday hikes in November and December. Week 1 is West Tiger 1, beginning near the D.O.T. facility on SE Preston Way in Preston.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,450 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,948 ft

We will meet at the Preston Trail trailhead at 10am.  There are no restrooms as this spot.  You will need a Discover Pass.

Driving directions: From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 22. Turn right onto SE 82nd and then right again onto Preston Way. Look for a trailhead with no parking on the lefthand side of the road. If you reach the DOT facility you have gone too far. This link includes a photo of the trailhead to help you find this less-than-distinct spot:

Please be prompt, bring a map, snacks and lunch, and your Ten Essentials.  (During the course of this series, participants are most likely going to need microspikes, but we should not need them for the first outing.)

The lower trails are a little brushy, and if it has rained, it is easy to get damp.  Please leave a little extra time to find this trailhead, as it is not very obvious.  The leader will be driving a small grey Ford Focus or a dark blue Subaru Outback.

We will take the Preston Trail to Lower Bootleg to Middle Bootleg to Upper Bootleg, then the West Tiger No. 1 Trail down to Dwight's Way and then back to the Preston Trail.  

If the weather is pleasant, we'll take more time at the summit and viewpoints.  If not, we'll keep a steady and comfortable pace, but try to limit our stopping time.



West Tiger Mountain No. 1

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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