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

Just east of Issaquah take I-90, Exit 20, then turn south and then take an immediate right onto SE 79th Street and head west parallel to I-90.  Park along this road outside of the gate, just as the road turns to gravel (490 ft).

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.


    • 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.


  • 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
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