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Hike of the Week Fridays -Tiger Mtn Trail South- Issaquah

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.

We will meet at the Chirico parking area as it is bigger and take as few cars as possible the few miles to where we will start (no parking area only limited off road street parking

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/tiger-mountain-trail-south?searchterm=tiger+mountain+south

Statistics

Roundtrip 4.0 miles

Elevation Gain 600 ft

Highest Point 1100 ft

Features Old growth Summits Wildlife

 User info

Dogs on leash

May encounter pack animals

Discover Pass required

The Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) is to Tiger Mountain what the Pacific Crest Trail is to the Cascades--a long, winding trail that crosses many summits and offers a long thru hike or short section hikes. This is the shortest, but possibly most scenic, of the main TMT sections. It's an outstanding introduction to Tiger Mountain and its wonderful wildland trails.


As you set off up the wide trail, look for the old historical marker that reads "Route of Woods-Iverson Railroad Grade." The trail climbs gently but steadily for the next 1.5 miles through very old mixed-species forest. There are hemlocks, alders, and firs, as well as maples and even a few madronas.

At 1.5 miles, the climb turns into a traverse as the trail slants along the slope, heading for Hobart Gap (elev. 1100 ft), just shy of 2 miles out. A short hop past the gap, you'll find a picture-perfect little waterfall on the trailside creek. Stop here for photos and a snack before turning back. 

Driving Directions:

From Issaquah head east on Front Street (which becomes Issaquah-Hobart Road after it leaves town). About 6 miles past the city limits, turn left (north) onto SE Tiger Mountain Road. Continue for 1 mile before parking on the left shoulder at a wide pullout. The trail is on the right.


Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.


HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER

 
Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.


Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.


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  • Jessamyn

    Apologies that I missed this. I have a illness that wipes me out for a few days whenever it feels like it. I was really looking forward to this. I hope you had fun.:-)

    July 14, 2014

  • Bryan R. M.

    cool start to a hot day

    July 12, 2014

  • Bev M.

    Thanks, Kathy, for another fun walk! Cady was blissed out when we got home.

    July 11, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    Nice leisurely way to spend a morning. Nice, quiet hike at the perfect temperature. Thanks for coming out today.

    July 11, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    Use these directions to the Chirico Trail parking area. We will meet here at 10 am and carpool or caravan to trail head. We will not be hiking here but rather consolidating at least 2 people per car before proceeding to actual trail (directions listed in meet up description)

    Driving Directions

    Take exit 17 from I90. Follow Front St south for about 3 miles. Parking lot is on the left next to the big field used for paraglider landing. Expected hike time 2-3 hours. Bring along plenty of water (there is a small waterfall creek at our turnaround point), bug spray, sunscreen as well as the rest of the essentials. I drive a blue Hyundai Tucson, cell #[masked]-2952. if you can't find us.

    July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kathy thanks so much, I will be there, at 21900 Highway 99, standing in the main entrance. Can I bring a friend?

    July 10, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Not this time , consuelo, the hike limit is filled already. Normally guests are ok if there is space available

      July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just signed to go on this hike, but I would like to
    join a carpool, any offers, glad to pay the mileage fee.
    I live in Everett.

    July 10, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Consuelo, can you make it to Edmonds top foods by 9 am. You can ride with me from there

      July 10, 2014

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