West Tiger Mountain No. 3


Day Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 3

EARLY SEASON CONDITIONING HIKE. A steep, strenuous 4.9 mile, 2,000 feet elevation gain loop hike at a brisk pace for conditioning, with a view from the summit and an ascent avoiding most of the West Tiger 3 crowds.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft

8 AM at the Tradition Plateau Trailhead parking lot, accessed from Interstate 90.  Exit 20 for High Point, and turn right (south) on 270th Ave SE. Just a few yards south of I-90, turn right (west) onto SE 79th St. The pavement ends in 0.4 miles, where you continue through a gate about 0.5 miles to the parking lot.

Participants are encouraged to connect with each other to arrange carpools.  A Discover Pass is required for parking.

We will start at the Tradition Plateau Trailhead and hike up West Tiger 3 via the West Tiger No. 3 Trail, to the Bus Trail, to the Nook Trail, to the Connector Trail, to the Section Line Trail (which is no longer maintained), to the West Tiger No. 3 Trail to the summit of West Tiger 3.  Alternatively, depending on conditions, we may ascend West Tiger 3 by either the Cable Trail or the West Tiger No. 3 Trail.  We will return to the Tradition Plateau Trailhead via the West Tiger No. 3 Trail.  

This is a conditioning hike so participants should be in good condition, as we will hike on a steep grade at a conditioning pace (2 mph) with few rest stops.  Please do not sign up for this hike if you haven't hiked at this pace on a strenuous route comfortably in the recent past.

We will hike rain or shine, so good raingear, non-cotton layers, warm hat and gloves, and sturdy waterproof footwear with grippy soles are required.  


West Tiger Mountain No. 3

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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