Seattle, WA: East Tiger Mountain

Tag the highest peak in Washington's pristine Tiger Mountain Forest on this crowd-free trail just 30 miles east of Seattle.
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Tag the highest peak in Washington's pristine Tiger Mountain Forest on this crowd-free trail just 30 miles east of Seattle.

Big on views and small on crowds, this 7.6-mile out-and-back conquers the tallest peak in Washington's popular Tiger Mountain State Forest, culminating with spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the toothy Cascade Range, and Puget Sound. The journey up East Tiger follows gravel maintenance roads that climb to the 3,004-foot summit. Originally created as logging byways during the 1920s, these mildly-graded roads wrap gently around the mountain, making the hike to East Tiger's summit relatively relaxed.
From the trailhead off WA 18, begin ascending through mixed second-generation forest, which occasionally opens up to reveal vistas of Taylor Mountain to the southeast. At mile 2.6, bear right to traverse along an east-west running ridgeline opening up to a southern panorama of Mount Rainier, with the rolling Tiger Mountain Range perched in the foreground. After turning left to head north up the Preston Snoqualmie Trail, you'll crest East Tiger's summit at mile 3.8. Despite the presence of radio towers, summit vistas remain obstructed: you'll see rolling hills and the Puget Sound to the west, Mount Rainier to the south, and the rugged Cascade Range to the north and east. Retrace your route to return to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, hikingwithmybrother.com

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.2

Waypoints

ETM001

Location: 47.4664692, -121.9307113

From the parking lot, head north on Tiger Mountain Road, a gently-graded logging road that winds up the mountain.

ETM002

Location: 47.4688699, -121.9309795

Head straight on Tiger Mountain Road at the junction with Northwest Timber Trail and Iverson Railroad Trail.

ETM003

Location: 47.472285, -121.947876

At mile 1.5, trace the edge of a ridgeline with views of Holder Creek and a small ravine to the west.

ETM004

Location: 47.485193, -121.9502378

Turn right to bypass Crossover Road 5500 and stay on Tiger Mountain Road.

ETM005

Location: 47.4853525, -121.9401419

Hang a left onto Preston Snoqualmie Trail at the 3-way junction for the final, 0.7-mile stretch to Tiger Mountain's summit.

ETM006

Location: 47.4908189, -121.9449699

Turn left at Y-junction. The summit lies just 0.2 mile away.

ETM007

Location: 47.4881583, -121.9473356

Tiger Mountain (3,004 ft.): Catch top-notch views of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound on a clear day. Return to the trailhead following the same route.

Trail Start

Location: 47.4664692, -121.9306523

Access

Location: 47.4680431, -121.9300675

Creeklet

Location: 47.4729965, -121.9381571

Snowy Terrain

Location: 47.4718941, -121.9456029

Winter Vista

Location: 47.4722713, -121.947577

Pine-blanketed Hillside

Location: 47.4761728, -121.9467402

Trail Junction

Location: 47.4852147, -121.9500339

Snowy Traverse

Location: 47.485512, -121.9469547

Powder-Heavy Branches

Location: 47.486962, -121.9420195

Fog-Shrouded Summit

Location: 47.4881619, -121.9472444