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West Tiger #3…One of the most popular Seattle, I-90 hikes


Hike the West Tiger # 3 Trail
Hike the West Tiger # 3 Trail

Tiger MountainThis is truly one of the most popular I-90 hiking trails. It is within 20 to 30 minutes of Seattle or Bellevue.   There is ample parking outside the gate.  I you go a half mile past the gate and stop at the Tradition Lake Trailhead you will again find ample parking, restrooms, and a large map of the trail.  The trail is family friendly, but still a good workout.

Just follow the “West Tiger # 3” trail signs out of the parking lot.  Once you pass through a bike barrier, you are on the main trail. There are about three junctions along this stretch. They are all well marked, but if in doubt — just follow the widest uphill trail.

The beginning of the trail is flat and then you begin a real uphill grind. The trail is fairly wide and basically a dual trail width for 90% of the hike. The trail is well maintained to support hikers year round. During the winter and spring there are views of Issaquah and Lake Sammamish in the distance.

Right before you reach the top, there is a fantastic open view to the East. The trail is very narrow and has a steep fall off at this point.  After a couple more steep bits, you reach the top of Tiger Mountain 3 with a Summit of 2522 feet.

  • Area – Tiger Mountain (Near Issaquah,Washington)
  • Trails – Green Trails map: Tiger Mountain 204S
  • Elevation – Gain of 2,000 feet – start at 480 ft to top of 2,522 ft
  • Length – 5 miles out and back – 2.5 hours moderate uphill
  • Trail – Wide dirt trail, limited stops along the way. Well marked and maintained.
  • Bikes – Not allowed on this hike
  • View – A couple along the way, with a BIG view at the top
  • Getting There – Take I-90 to Exit 20. The Entrance is on the south-side of the freeway.
  • Fee- None, free parking

Driving Directions

From I-90 take exit 20 and then turn right onto the frontage road running parallel to the interstate. In just under 0.5 mile the road ends at a gate. The gate opens daily, though it is closed and locked at 7:00 PM. Park outside the gate if you’ll be returning late in the day. Otherwise, continue another 0.4 mile to the Tradition Plateau trailhead. 

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