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Results List

173 Hikes
Taylor Mountain

Issaquah Alps

 
30.0 miles of trails
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.54
(13 votes)
The extensive trail system at Taylor Mountain Forest is used by equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers. This working forest is intended to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management, protect and restore ecological systems and provide passive recreational opportunities. Taylor Mountain is dominated by mature red alder trees. Trail users will see recent efforts to convert some of the forests from red alder to conifers.
 
 
Poo Poo Point

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1748 ft.
Highest Point: 2021.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(120 votes)
Hike railroad grades dating from the logging era. Cross many small creeks, some of them seasonal. Pass tall trees draped with moss. Enjoy ferns and, in season, forest wildflowers and a few wild berries. Reach a fine viewpoint that's also a favorite launching spot for paragliders.
 
 
Dwight's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
 
Detour off the Lingering Trail and amble through forest to junctions with the Preston Trail or the Bootleg Trail.
 
 
Preston Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
 
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Hike from a transmission line on the north side of Tiger Mountain to various trails on the mountain.
 
 
Margaret's Way

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1730.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.81
(52 votes)
If nature excites you, there's plenty here to be excited about. Cool forest, trickling creeks in deep ravines, and a beautiful new trail built by WTA volunteers await you here.
 
 
West Tiger 3

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 2525.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(39 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Don't expect solitude here- this is perhaps the most heavily used trail on Tiger Mountain, and for good reason. Fortunately, there is plenty of room to share. This close-to-the-city wild land trail provides stunning views, great forestlands, and ample opportunities to see birds and critters. West Tiger- one of the sprawling mountain's four primary peaks (West, Middle, South and East)- is itself a tri-crowned peak. Numbered 1 through 3, the third of the West Tiger peaks offers the best views, despite being the lowest of the triplets.
 
 
Bullitt Fireplace Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1830.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(13 votes)
Hike a two-mile forest trail on the north side of Squak Mountain to reach the site of a former cabin owned by the Bullitt family. Only the massive fireplace and the foundation remain today. Optionally, extend your hike to Central Peak, the highest point on Squak Mountain (no view,) and make it an interesting loop by returning via the Old Griz and East Side Trails.
 
 
West Peak

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.62
(8 votes)
A half mile shortcut from the Chybinski Loop Trail to the junction with the Bullitt Gorge Trail on Squak Mountain.
 
 
Silent Swamp Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Hike a restored trail in the southeast corner of the Tigers, through an area that is very green, with impressive moss cover and with many huge, decaying stumps remaining from logging a century ago.
 
 
Middle Tiger

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1127 ft.
Highest Point: 2607.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
A short trail on Tiger Mountain that makes up some of the Tiger Mountain Trail thru-hike.
 
 
Custer's Bridge - Middle Tiger Loop

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2607.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike the forested Iverson Railroad Trail and the little-used middle section of the main Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT). Look in on the site of a 1925 logging train wreck. Continue on to remote Custer's Bridge, and return via a loop over Middle Tiger Mountain, including views south-side hikers miss.
 
 
Taylor Mountain - Boot Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

 
4.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
On the south side of Taylor Mountain, this trail gains a couple hundred feet as it curves through the forest above Carey Creek.
 
 
Quick Link

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
2.4 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Quick Link Trail is a short segment in the middle of the east tiger trail system. Combine this trail with others to form any number of loop hikes, including a trip to the east tiger summit.
 
 
Crosshaul

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Crosshaul Trail is a short segment within the East Tiger Mountain trail network that connects with many other trails.
 
 
Iverson Railroad Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 1750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(12 votes)
Take a hike on the east side of Tiger Mountain along an old railroad grade.
 
 
East Side Road

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
The East Side Road is an access road on Tiger Mountain that is closed to vehicle traffic and open to hikers. The road roughly parallels the eastern boundary of Tiger Mountain and connects with several other trails.
 
 
Inside Passage

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
6.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This 1.6-mile section of trail is located in the Tiger Mountain State Forest. It is popular with mountain bikers and hikers.
 
 
 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 283 ft.
Highest Point: 1175.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
Perched high on a hill in the Issaquah Highlands, Grand Ridge Park offers hiking opportunities for both residents of the neighborhood and visitors.
 
 
Pretzel Tree Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain

 
0.3 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
This short, easy, year-round trail meanders under the cool, protective trees of Squak Mountain State Park. It is a treat for kids with fun story boards along the way.
 
 
Poo Top

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
0.8 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 2948.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Hike along a ridgeline to the summit of Tiger 1. Access from Tiger Mountain Trail, West Tiger 1, and Main Tiger Trail.
 
 
Seattle View Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Aptly named, find excellent views of Seattle from this connector trail on Tiger Mountain.
 
 
Cable Line Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2022 ft.
Highest Point: 2522.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(22 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
What a workout! The Cable Line Trail on Tiger Mountain is not for the weak of heart, nor the weak of knees. A steep, slippery incline awaits you here, climbing over 2,000 feet in just 1.5 miles to the summit of West Tiger 3.
 
 
Tiger Mountain Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
15.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2360 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
Temporary closure: Effective on Tuesday July 6 2021 portions of this trail and others that access privately owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed until further notice while road work and timber harvesting occur. For your safety please respect the closure area.
Do a thru-hike on the main Tiger Mountain Trail, also known as the TMT. Arrange a car shuttle and start at the southern end. Hike north more than fifteen miles over varied terrain and through different types of forest vegetation. Pass a large glacial erratic boulder, and visit some of the most remote places in the Tigers.
 
 
 
5.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 320 ft.
Highest Point: 430.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A section of the Issaquah - Preston trail will be closed until 2023 while the city constructs a new drinking water booster pump. Hikers and cyclists can take a two-mile detour that is routed through Olde Town Issaquah
This connector trail follows the historic abandoned Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railway grade from Issaquah to the town of Preston through the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
 
 
Klondike Swamp

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 110 ft.
Highest Point: 1270.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
The Klondike Swamp Trail traverses much of what is special about Cougar Mountain Park, utilizing old logging roads and railroad grades that take you through charming second growth forest. The loop is easily accessed from the Sky Country Trailhead in Bellevue, and offers a nearly level grade for most of the journey.
 
 
No Name

Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
A short connector trail between Bear Ridge and Shangri La trails that creates a loop out of the two. Also connect to Red Cedars via the No Name Trail.
 
 
Saddleback Trail

Issaquah Alps

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 315 ft.
Highest Point: 950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A nice hike up a small canyon in a local community.
 
 
West Tiger 2

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 2757.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
This is a great close to Seattle option of creating lots of loops and getting your exercise.
 
 
Master Link Trail

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A mountain bike trail on Tiger Mountain.
 
 
May Creek Trail

Issaquah Alps

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
This pleasant woodland trail follows the historic route of the Seattle-Walla Walla Railroad, which transported coal from the mines once operating in present-day Cougar Mountain Park.