West Tiger Mountain No. 1


Day Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 1

This will be a fun loop hike to the summit of West Tiger #1 bypassing the lower summits of #3 and #2. This loop is 10.8 miles with 2,778 ft elevation gain and is a great conditioning hike with many trails involved to keep it interesting. See leader notes below for a complete route description.

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,778 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,948 ft
  • Pace: 2-2.25 mph

8am  High Point Trailhead  Discover Pass Required

From I-90 and just east of Issaquah take Exit 20 (High Point Way).  Turn right (south) and then take an immediate right onto SE 79th Street.  This is a frontage road paralleling I-90.  Continue for just under one mile thru an open gate and to the large trailhead parking lot. 

COVID -19   We will adhere to the Mountaineer’s protocol.  All hikers are required to have face masks and hand sanitizer.  This is a Phase 2 hike so we will wear masks when at the trailhead, stopping on the trail and when passing other hikers or being passed.  We will maintain social distance at 6 feet the best that we can and all are encouraged to wear masks as much as possible.  Group size is limited to 6.

The Mountaineers do not recommend carpooling with anyone outside your household at this time.

ROUTE: From the High Point trailhead we will take the Bus trail, Gas Line trail, Poo Poo Point trail, One View trail, Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) and the Poo Top trail to the Tiger #1 summit.  Weather permitting we will then take the short Bypass trail side trip to the Hiker’s Hut and the view point.  On the return we will hike down the West Tiger #1 (Preston) trail to the Railroad Grade trail, the TMT, the K-3 trail and reconnect with the TMT and follow it to the West Tiger #3 trail and Bus trail leading back to the High Point trailhead. 

I’ve rated the hike as challenging due to the distance and that we may need micro-spikes at the upper elevations.  Please be sure that you can complete a 10.8 mile hike with 2,778 ft gain and that you are okay with possibly hiking on snow for a portion of the way.  We will hike at a moderate but steady pace (2-2.25 mph) with minimal breaks and adjust accordingly with the objective of keeping the group together.

Micro-spikes will likely be required and gaiters and trekking poles will be helpful.  I’ll send an email a couple days before the hike with expected weather and trail conditions.

This hike is dependent on the weather.  It will be a go even if intermittent light rain and drizzle but will have to be postponed if the weather becomes detrimental to the success of the hike.  


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
  11. Micro-spikes
  12. Trekking Poles
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