This series of hikes went great last year. Let's do them again!
We're going to explore the Tiger Mountain range in really good detail. By the end of spring next year, we will have done all of the hikeable peaks, and most everything in between.
I can't say we won't see a fair amount of snow on some of these hikes. We shouldn't need snow shoes, but microspikes (http://www.rei.com/product/774966/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system) or yaktraks (http://www.rei.com/product/760281/yaktrax-pro) may be required.
Each hike will be pretty different. There are a lot of interconnecting trails to choose from. Distances will range from 6 to 12 miles, and elevations between 600' and 2900'.
The details of each hike will be announced the week before the scheduled date. Here are just some of the trails we will be hitting:
West Tiger #3: 5.6 miles, 2020' West Tiger #3, #2, #1: 7.8 miles, 2920' Poo Poo Point: 9 miles, 1480' Paw Print Rest stop: 7.2 miles, 1580' West Tiger #3 - Nook trail: 5 miles, 2020' West Tiger #2 - TMT: 9.2 miles - 2230' West Tiger #1: 7.4 miles, 2300' Middle Tiger: 12 miles, 2100' East Tiger: 9.4 miles, 2520' Poo Poo Point,#3: 9.8 miles, 2300' Tiger #3 Cable line: 2 miles, 2020' Mileage and elevation are the total for each hike. Some will be loop a trail, others will be out and back.
This hike is intended to be part of a physical fitness routine. The pace is expected to be as fast as you can go. This hike is posted across three different groups, so there should be enough hikers so everyone will have one or more partners to hike with at thier pace. Things worked out great last year.
When the particular trail for the day is announced about a week before the scheduled hike date, the announcement will indicate which trailhead location to meet at. Use this map to find the trailhead location: Tiger Mountain trailhead parking (http://files.meetup.com/261001/HighpointTrailhead.jpg)
These hikes are intended to be part of a physical fitness routine. A commitment to consistency is needed to take full advantage of these hikes. These hikes will take place rain or shine. Challenge your spirit! Become un-stoppable!
7:45am - Canyon Park park&ride
8:30am - Issaquah park&ride
9:00am - High Point trail head (http://files.meetup.com/261001/HighpointTrailhead.jpg)
The 10 essentials are a good start. (http://files.meetup.com/261001/10_Essentials.txt) A good attitude is a great start. (http://www.motivationalpictures.com/) Discovery Pass is required to park at this trailhead. (http://discoverpass.wa.gov/) Emphasize: Boots, water, map Microspikes or yaktraks will most likely be needed at some point during this training season