September Hikes: 4 to 8 miles, 750 to 2,000 feet gain - Around South Tiger Mountain

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September Hikes: 4 to 8 miles, 750 to 2,000 feet gain - Around South Tiger Mountain

This hike may count toward your monthly required GoHike course September hike.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.05 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,696 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,049 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2 mph

Meet at 4:00 pm at the Tiger Mountain trail entrance off of Tiger Mountain Road SE in South Issaquah. After introductions and discussion of group goals and trail conditions, we will plan to start hiking by 4:10 pm. No parking passes required. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead.

Starting coordinates: 47.4432, -121.9762

Directions: From I-90 in Issaquah, take Exit 17 (Front Street) and head south on Front Street through the picturesque old part of town. At the southern end of town, Front Street changes names to Issaquah-Hobart Road. About 8.5 miles from I-90, just before the Highway 18 overpass, turn left onto the southern end of Tiger Mountain Road SE (on your way here, you will have passed an earlier turn onto the northern end of Tiger Mountain Road SE.) Proceed 0.2 miles and look for places to park along the left (west) shoulder of the road. There is no official trailhead parking here so this is your only option. (You may find it easier to continue on 0.15 miles to SE 175th Place, make a U-turn, and come back to park on the shoulder.) The shoulder is highway right-of-way, so you do not have to display a Discover Pass to park there.

This route is to the less-traveled South Tiger Mountain summit.

We will follow a counter-clockwise loop for ~7 miles total distance with 1,595 ft elevation gain, following the Tiger Mountain trail. When we reach the summit, we will stop for a brief pic and snack before heading back down. Goal is for everyone to hike at a conversational pace, which means you can talk in complete sentence without gasping for air, can easily breath through your nose, and have an average heart rate typically less than 140 (75% of max heart rate).  Shouldn't be huffing and puffing.

For a complete description of hiking with the Mountaineers, please consult the club's Hiking Standards.

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Full details will be soon after registration closes on Sep 27. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Around South Tiger Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Your leader will send out a Hello Hiker email prior to the hike with details on the hike, as well as recommended and required equipment.

  • Poles suggested
  • Headlamp required
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