Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
1,977.00 ft (602.59 m)
Trail type
5.70 mi (9.17 km)
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The convenient West Tiger Mountain #3 trail is right outside the city of Seattle and is a year-round accessible hike with an unexpected surprise at the top – on a clear day you’ll get a nearly 360 degree view of the mountains surrounding the city! But don’t underestimate the effort that this lowland hike requires. Although this trail is a popular one, you’ll have to work for these mountain views.

West Tiger Mountain has a network of trails to choose from as soon as you head into the old growth forest. To begin the West Tiger Mountain #3 trail, go straight on the main trail, passing several trail options that fork to the right. A short distance from the parking lot, the main trail curves around to the right, but keep left and walk through a small fence, continuing straight. You’ll come across one more alternative trail option on your left, but continue to head straight.

Once you’re on the #3 trail, the sharp incline begins. Throughout the year, the surrounding forest feature on this trail emanates a moss green glow that is enchanting to view as you huff and puff up the wide switchbacks. This trail is misleading; every flat stretch of trail is quickly met by another set of switchbacks. Continuing towards the top, you’ll get peek-a-boo views of Lake Sammamish and the city of Issaquah, views that are motivating enough to continue on. In order to assist hikers from veering off onto side trails, signage clearly marks the way to the summit throughout the route.

About .6 miles from the top of this trail, you’ll come to another fork. Keep left to continue up to the West Tiger Mountain #3 trail summit. This last half mile is another burst of incline with quick views through the trees facing east towards Snoqualmie Pass. As you come to the summit, you’ll notice that this area is freshly logged, the work was done in the second half of 2021. Push through an opening in the trees and you’ll be greeted by a wide-open view of the Olympics, Cascades, and maybe even Rainier on a blue bird day! Hard-earned views are worth the effort this hike requires.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass

Open Year-round



Mountain views. Family friendly. Near other adventures. Accessible.



Trailhead Elevation

525.00 ft (160.02 m)

Highest point

2,503.00 ft (762.91 m)


Vault toilet
Family friendly
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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