West Tiger Mountain No. 3


Day Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 3

Work off that turkey coma with this steep but rewarding hike to include Talus Rocks, a section of the West Railroad Grade, and the Tiger Mountain Trail. We will take a few beauty breaks along the way to identify mushrooms, fungi, and ferns.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.0-2.0

We'll meet at the Traditional Lake parking lot at 9:15 a.m. You will need a Discover Pass to park in the lot. 

From I-90, a few miles east of Issaquah, take Exit 20 for High Point and turn south on 270th Ave SE. Just a few yards south of I-90, turn right onto SE 79th St and continue on west. Drive 0.4 miles to the parking lot. 

This is a hike for someone who wants to do the challenging stuff at a somewhat slower pace and doesn't mind stopping a few times along the way to take a breath and take in our surroundings. That said, you need to be in shape for this hike, having hiked a trail of similar distance and elevation this season. If you are a faster hiker, you will be expected to happily wait at every junction. If the group feels ambitious and wants to add a mile round-trip (and 500 feet of elevation gain) to West Tiger 3 Summit, I'm game. 

Along with the 10 Essentials,  I recommend hiking poles  for the steep sections.  Have a hearty breakfast, bring snacks and lunch, and bring plenty of water. If you sweat a lot, having an extra shirt might be helpful. 

The weather looks to be fine (as of November 19), but be prepared for wind, wet, and cold just in case. The hike will be cancelled if steady rain is forecast.


West Tiger Mountain No. 3

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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