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“Not too far from town”
Review of Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain
Ranked #5 of 31 things to do in Issaquah
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Owner description: Rough and rugged hiking trail best suited for those with some hiking experience.
Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not too far from town”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

It's an medium difficulty trail east of Seattle. I'd say try Rattle Snake Trail (swim in summer too) or Cougar Mountain for easy trail in Issaquah.

Visited April 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
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“A Seattle-area Standard”
Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Probably the most heavily travelled 2000 vertical feet in the region, Tiger has innumerable trails ranging from flat to straight up! I try to hike it once a week, and though it is very familiar, there are always new things to find and experience. Most begin from the Tradition Lake trailhead at the Highpoint Way exit from I-90. You need a DNR Discovery Pass to park in the dirt lot, but many folks park on the pavement just outside the gate where permits are not required.

Visited March 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“challenging hikes”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Tiger Mountain is full of trails of all levels for hiking. My favorites are the trails leading to Poo-Poo Point, where the paragliders take-off. The Chirico Trail takes off from the paragliders' landing spot on Issaquah-Hobart Road and pretty much goes straight up (switchbacks) to the top. Very good athletes can do it in less than 1/2 hour, but beginner hikers should expect the hike up to take over an hour (maybe even two), with several stops to rest on the way. Most of the trail is covered with tree canopy, thus shady. There are not really any views on the way up, until you make it to the first clearing which faces southwest toward Mount Rainier. If you get to the top and the main take-off field on a clear day, the views from there are amazing (Issaquah, Bellevue, Lake Sammamish, Olympic Mountains...). If you are lucky in the afternoon, you may get to see paragliders taking off. There are simple bathroom facilities at the top. The trail can be very busy on the nicer days, so I feel rather safe doing the hike alone (I am female). Even on horrible weather days, there are usually some dedicated souls hiking to the top. The way down goes much faster, but is hard on the knees.

Visited October 2012
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Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great intermediary hiking for the afternoon”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

First did this climb with a mountain bike, which was over my skill level. It's much more fun as a day hike. Not for the out of shape, but also great for kids that have at least a little energy.

Beautiful views from the top, and a great place for a picnic and photos.

Beware leaving valuables in your car at the bottom. This is a known car burglary zone.

Thank Natenote
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Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Well worth your time!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Tiger Mountain has a lovely hiking trail which is occasionally in the clouds, which makes it even more fun...the trail is a great family activity...just pack some lunch and water....you will find it well worth yr time....and efforts.

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