West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Strenuous hike with 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Short and steep trail with no switchbacks. Nobody has ever said this route is pretty.

Temporary Closure

7/5/21 Update: Portions of several DNR-managed trails (TMT, West Tiger #3, Cable Line, Seattle View, Section Line, Poo Top, and Preston Trail) that access privately-owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed while road work and forest management operations occur. Visit the Washington DNR West Tiger Mountain web page for more details.

getting there

Take Exit 20 (High Point) off of I-90, a few miles east of Issaquah and turn south on 270th Ave SE. Just a few yards south of I-90, turn right onto SE 79th St and continue west. The pavement ends in 0.4 miles where a gate is open each day from dawn until dusk. Continue through the gate and park in the lot. If you arrive before dawn or plan to come out after dusk, park on the road east of the gate.

on the trail

A couple hundred feet east of the gate is an orange stake/pole and a couple large boulders signaling the start of the trail. The route has no switchbacks and the trail just goes up with only a couple short flat areas.

When you encounter intersections with other trails just always choose the steepest option to stay on route.  Also near each of the trail intersections are small white signs saying you're off-trail and accidentally got onto the Cable Line, just follow those signs.

NOTES

    • A Discover Pass might not be needed since you're parking outside of the gate, but it's probably a good idea to still have one.
    • When wet, the Cable Line trail gets very muddy and slick.
    • The gate is locked from dusk to dawn.

INFORMATION FOR LEADERS

  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size.  Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to WA Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact info@mountaineers.org with any additional questions. More details about permitting on WA DNR land as it applies to Mountaineers trips, as well as our current year Land Use License, can be found here.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 3.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • 2,522 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Tiger Mtn No. 204S
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Day Hiking Trip
Conditioner hike for Kiana's Basic SIG. Will open to others Tuesday, Jan 18th.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Jan 23, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants
Registration closes Jan 21
Seattle Branch

Alpine Conditioner - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Climbing Clinic
Climbing conditioner with priority for Foothills Basic & Intermediate Students.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Mon, Jan 24, 2022
Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Jan 24
Foothills Branch

Climbing Conditioner - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Climbing Clinic
Priority to McCarthy-Johnson SIG students. Any sign-ups that bypass this requirement will be automatically cancelled.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Wed, Jan 26, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Jan 24
Seattle Branch

Basic Glacier Travel - Conditioner Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Day Hiking Field trip: Basic Glacier Travel Course
Basic Glacier Travel Course conditioner. This will be an after work hike up and down
Difficulty: Strenuous
Tue, Feb 1, 2022
Prerequisites
9 participants
Registration closes Jan 30
Seattle Branch

Climbing Conditioner - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Climbing Clinic
This will be a quick after work conditioner done in the dark. Bring a headlamp
Difficulty: Strenuous
Wed, Feb 2, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist
Registration closes Jan 31
Seattle Branch

Alpine Conditioner - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Climbing Clinic
Climbing conditioner with priority for Foothills Basic & Intermediate Students.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Mon, Feb 7, 2022
Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration closes Feb 7
Foothills Branch

Climbing Conditioner - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Climbing Clinic
This will be a quick after work conditioner done in the dark. Bring a headlamp
Difficulty: Strenuous
Wed, Feb 9, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes Feb 7
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Climbing Trip
An after work conditioner hike with priority given to Seattle Basic Glacier Travel course students.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Tue, Mar 1, 2022
No Prerequisites
9 participants
Registration opens Feb 1
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Day Hiking Trip
Difficulty: Strenuous
Wed, Mar 16, 2022
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration opens Mar 11
Everett Branch
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