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Hike East Tiger Mountain

Current forecast [Issaquah, WA]: High of 78. 0% chance of rain. {updated 7/15}

8 miles round-trip, with 1650 ft elevation gain. Less crowded than West Tiger, but with a fantastic view from the top!
Meet at Auburn Station parking garage -- 2nd St & A St SW in Auburn.

$5 in gas money to drivers -- I have a Discover Pass [required at the trailhead] and can fit 4 addt'l people in my vehicle. Not opposed to a larger group if others can also drive!

[2 drivers minimum are necessary for this hike]

Please bring: water (2+Qts), lunch/energy snacks, 10 Essentials, emergency contact number(s), sturdy/comfortable footwear + bag for soiled/wet pairs, sun preventatives, bug repellent, hat w/ brim, trekking poles, clothing according to the forecast [layers!]Discover Pass [if driving], $5 for fuel [if passenger], and your camera.


Discover Pass Information Link:


From Seattle or I-405, head east on I-90. At Exit 25, head south on Highway 18. At approximately 4.5 miles, the lower Tiger Summit Trailhead parking lot is found on the righthand side of the highway.
You can start from either the lower Trail Summit Trailhead parking lot or the upper Tiger Summit Trailhead parking lot. Both starting points are equal in distance for the East Tiger Mountain route.

The standard southern route for the East Tiger summit is approximately 8 miles roundtrip, including an elevation gain of approximately 1650 feet from the lower Tiger Summit Trailhead parking lot to the summit (3004').

Here is the basic description for the standard southern route to the East Tiger Mountain summit:

1) From either Tiger Summit Trailhead parking lot (upper or lower), travel approximately 2.9 miles up the Main Tiger Mountain Road to the intersection with Crossover Road.

2) Take a right onto Crossover Road and follow for 0.4 miles to the next gravel road intersecting on the leftside.

3) Take a left onto the gravel road and head uphill (NOTE: there is a red gate and post labeled "5550" slightly up the hill you will be traveling on) for 0.7 miles to the East Tiger Mountain summit.

Main Tiger Mountain Road


Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service.  Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience.  Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level. You may join us on this hike at your own risk.  Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains.  You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.

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  • Mike T.

    So who was present and how was not?

    July 20, 2013

    • Jamie F.

      It was me, heather, Ron, Teresa, ilia and Alvin. Charlie +1 didn't show up.

      July 21, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Good job, Jamie. You SHOULD be getting no less than 5 stars for this one! :-)

    July 20, 2013

    • Teresa

      I agree - Jamie gets 5 stars!!

      July 20, 2013

  • Teresa

    Jamie - You were awesome!! hope you are kicking back with a pizza - you earned it!

    July 20, 2013

  • Ron

    A good hike, and great people - Thanks for hosting Jamie

    July 20, 2013

  • Jamie F.

    Thanks everyone for keeping me company on the trail. Not the most exciting trail of all time but I certainly enjoyed myself! Now my feet are toast and I'll probably be asleep before 9. All well-earned :) Great day and great hike!!!

    July 20, 2013

  • Teresa

    It is an easy hike - not much scenery, but the group made it fun. Thank you Jamie for hosting it!

    July 20, 2013

  • Heather H.

    I had a great time on the hike today! Thanks so much for organizing this trip, Jamie. The detour trail was lovely and the view of Rainier from the summit was breathtaking. And thanks again to Ilya for the ride back to Seattle! Hiking with people from Meetup has been one of the best things about moving to Seattle!

    July 20, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Here is the link for the Discover Pass website:

    You can get passes at Big 5 Sporting Goods stores, most Fred Meyer stores, Sports Authority and other locations listed under the LICENSE VENDOR tab. Type in your city/zip code and a list will come up showing you locations where you can purchase daily and annual passes! Do NOT risk going to the trailhead without one! $99 fine!!

    July 9, 2013

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