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
Roundtrip 4.0 miles
Elevation Gain 600 ft
Highest Point 1100 ft
Features Old growth Summits Wildlife
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.
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.
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
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.