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Results List

173 Hikes
Coal Creek Falls

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 416 ft.
Highest Point: 1066.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(49 votes)
Coal Creek Falls is a wonderful destination for any day hiker looking for an easy and/or family friendly trail with a picturesque culmination at Coal Creek Falls. It’s a well maintained trail that meanders beneath a thick canopy and a dense understory with many wildflower species in the spring.
 
 
May Valley Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1684 ft.
Highest Point: 2024.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.96
(23 votes)
This forested park, a wilderness with glimpses of Issaquah below, has miles of winding trails alongside bubbling creeks and narrow ravines. There are several trail loop options on this 2,024-foot-high mountain. With multi-use trails and a natural area, hikers have plenty to explore in this quiet sanctuary outside of Issaquah.
 
 
South Access Road

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1606 ft.
Highest Point: 2037.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.29
(7 votes)
Ascend Squak Mountain via the most direct route available, the South Access Road, which still permits you to experience preserved mountain rainforest, wildflowers, mushrooms, and fauna, enjoying occasional glimpses of the surrounding mountains and lowlands. If desired, take a side excursion along one of the connector trails on Squak’s southern flank for a more intense nature experience.
 
 
Wetlands Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 90 ft.
Highest Point: 570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
The Wetlands Trail is a short (0.65 mile) trail on Tiger Mountain's Tradition Plateau. As the name suggests, it passes through some areas that often are moist and have a prolific growth of ferns. Also, it passes tiny, aptly-named Round Lake whose level fluctuates from year to year, and with the seasons.
 
 
Preston Railroad Grade

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
 
A switchbacking railroad grade travels through the east side of Tiger Mountain. Expect mountain bikes for company.
 
 
Puget Power

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Hike a broad, sunny trail on the north side of Tiger Mountain.
 
 
One-View Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
 
Connect the Poo Poo Point Trail with the Tiger Mountain Trail on this hike on the west side of Tiger Mountain.
 
 
Nook Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2525.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
For those who enjoy the challenge of Mailbox Peak-style climbing, look no further than Issaquah to find her little brother, tightly packaged in a quad-exerting, heart-jerking direct climb to West Tiger 3’s hilltop vista.
 
 
Lingering Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 1250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)
Take a one-mile detour off the High Point Trail until it rejoins the Tiger Mountain Trail. Intersect with Dwight's Way Trail about three-quarters of a mile in.
 
 
Adventure Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.17
(6 votes)
Part of a series of lowland loop trails from the Tradition Plateau trailhead area of Tiger Mountain.
 
 
Connector Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
0.2 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Connector Trail does what it says it will do and leads from the parking area to many other trails within the East Tiger Trail System.
 
 
West Tiger No. 1 via Dwight's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 2948.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike through some of the nicest second-growth forest in the area, and reach the second highest summit in the Tigers. Then enjoy a superb viewpoint a short distance west of the summit.
 
 
K-3 Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
Shave off 2.5 miles of distance with this 0.5 mile shortcut on the Tiger Mountain Trail. Also access the West Tiger Railroad Grade Trail just 0.1 miles off the TMT.
 
 
Hidden Forest Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2650 ft.
Highest Point: 2340.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Hike a short, steep little-used trail deep within the Tigers. In winter, descend past ghostly leafless trees. In summer, appreciate areas of exuberant moss and greenery. And, with luck, you might have the trail all to yourself.
 
 
High Point Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Begin your hike up High Point Trail in wooded, steep terrain, passing a junction with the Lingering Trail and eventually joining up with the Tiger Mountain Trail.
 
 
Hobart - Middle Tiger Railroad Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 2180.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Hike the routes of two former logging railroads (the Iverson and the Hobart - Middle Tiger) to reach a remote section of Fifteenmile Creek. Follow a short, steep trail to connect with the Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT.) Return via the TMT and, on the way, look in on the site of a 1925 logging train wreck.
 
 
High School Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 375 ft.
Highest Point: 480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
Hike a gently climbing trail along a forested hillside near Issaquah High School. It's a good bet for young hikers and, if you are so inclined, it leads to more ambitious ongoing trails. In spring enjoy a few wildflowers, and any time of year be alert for birds and wildlife sightings.
 
 
Grand Canyon of Fifteenmile Creek

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
A short and secluded walk along Fifteenmile creek offers views of waterfalls, cliffs and old coal mines.
 
 
Gas Line Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)
A connector trail to a variety of routes along the northwest section of Tiger Mountain State Forest.
 
 
Fifteenmile Creek Railroad Grade

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
1.75
(4 votes)
 
Hike along one of the old railroad grades on Tiger Mountain, exploring the forests near Issaquah. Begin from the Hidden Forest Trail on the south side of Tiger Mountain.
 
 
Bus Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
See history in your backyard. Tiger Mountain is full of historic trails, but the Bus Trail gets its name from an old bus that lies on its side along the trail. Kids will love exploring the area, and the Bus Trail can be used to make a huge variety of loops on the north side of Tiger Mountain.
 
 
Bootleg Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
 
A trail on Tiger Mountain with loop options to Preston Trail, and Dwight's Way. Also use this trail to access the Tiger Mountain Trail.
 
 
Bonneville Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
 
Join mountain bikes on this hike with access to many trails all around Tradition Lake, including the Adventure Trail, the Gas Trail, the Wetlands Trail, Section Line Trail, and Bus Trail.
 
 
Brink Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
Hike along the edge of a ridgeline just above an invisible I-90 at the north end of Tiger Mountain.
 
 
Big Tree Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 530.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
The Big Tree Trail is a short (0.5 mile) trail on Tiger Mountain's Tradition Plateau. It passes one of the largest Douglas firs still standing in the Tigers, and also passes a short section of some of the best true swamp you will find in the area, with lots of hanging moss and standing water.
 
 
West Side Road

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
 
A hike along a roadbed on Tiger Mountain.
 
 
West Tiger Railroad Grade

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
8.7 miles of trails
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(6 votes)
Hike a loop route that features an historic old railroad grade that traverses a very green forest with mossy sections and several small streams. Enjoy many wildflowers in season.
 
 
Tradition Lake Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 540.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(16 votes)
Hike a series of short, nearly level trails that offer views of two lakes and of some swampy areas, and pass one of the largest trees in the Tigers. Appreciate the forest vegetation and wildflowers. Along the way, hear and perhaps see a variety of song birds and waterfowl.
 
 
Swamp Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 75 ft.
Highest Point: 520.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
Take your young hikers out on a half-mile trail through the swampy area north of Tradition Lake. It could even be their first hike! The trail is solidly-constructed, with good footing, no mud and it's almost all level. It's designed with the young visitors in mind. But hey, it's OK if you older folks enjoy it, too!
 
 
Talus Rock Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
 
A connector trail on Tiger Mountain. Access to or from West Tiger 3, Nook Trail, and Section Line Trail.