Hiking Trails – Tiger Mountain National Forest, Washington

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Took a hike up into the old logging area of saddle mountains in Tiger Mountain National Forest, just to the north of Isaquah Washington.

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I’m going to make an assumption as to the name. The forest looks as though it was at one time mixed Redwood and Douglas Fir with the Redwoods logged out many years ago and the Fir now overrunning the forest. The colours of the two trees would lend to the ‘Tiger’ striping of the woods and the name. If it’s named after something else, I’m not sure what as I haven’t seen a single great cat during my time there.

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I clocked a nice leisurely 5.2mile hike through the foothills. Technically this trail isn’t open this late in the season but it was a nice dry morning clear of snow and I thought ‘what the hell’. The Upper parking requires a Discovery pass, so I suggest coming prepared if you ever make it out this way in season (April until October). Parking is still available on the Highway, with a 1k walk up to the main site off season.

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Nice hike, low impact and with a nice selection of trails for all levels. There is a Rails to Trails system in this forest which is nice and wide for bikes and horses. Recommended for something 30 minutes outside Seattle but with a nice sense of solitude.

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All photos iPhone 4S!

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November 28, 2012 · 8:31 pm

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