Decided on a last-minute conditioner hike up to West Tiger 3 via the cable route. As usual, this is an endless step master grind. Upon reaching the summit West Tiger 2 was in view and seemed so close. Upon consulting Gaia, and figuring I had about 3 hours of daylight remaining, I headed East to West Tiger 2. The trail drops a couple of hundred feet in elevation and then climbs up to the summit in about 15 minutes of walking. There is a radio tower there. I opted to push on to West Tiger 1. The path is via an access road down, then forks to the left up a gravel road to West Tiger 1. There is a wonderful view of Mount Rainier and parts of the Puget Sound. There is also a hikers hut that resembles a metal dome - not sure the use or history of the structure, but have been researching online. I decided to make a loop on the way down with the destination of my car at the trailhead of the cable route. My path took me on Preston Way, West Tiger RR Grade, Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT), K3, TMT, and back to the Cable Route, passing Fred's Corner along the way. This trail and route were much more interesting that the Cable Route - I highly recommend it. There are several bridges over creeks, lots of variation in the forest - new and old clear cuts, lots of salmonberry bushes near the water sources along with massive devils glove patches. I was surprised at the volume of water flow down several creeks as there are no visible signs of snow or other sources - must be from springs at a higher elevation.
Still some snow up there
36 minutes up. With my brother.
Went up with Madelyn after being called off work. A little crowded for my liking, but we started late, so that was quickly fixed. A friend told me to go up West Tiger 3 to the summit, but the summit it wasn't! It was a bald outcropping covered with people and dogs (mostly cute, though)! After watching people dump gallons of water needlessly and birds being fed, we decided that it was time to find the true summit!
A slight descent from West Tiger 3, followed by a short gain, led to West Tiger 2. The summit was a microwave tower, so we weren't quite there yet. We saw a guy coming from the direction of what seemed to be the true summit and asked him where the true summit was. He asked a question back, "Which one, 1, 2, or 3?" He didn't even seem to know if he summited! The distinctions of peaks in these state parks is kind of goofy, with names giving directions and numbers before true details. Nevertheless, we found a dirt road to the top...to find a another microwave tower!
This one, though, had a view!
Great view of Seattle and the sound in one direction and the Cascades in the other!!! Well worth the fuss!
Climbed this mt. in what seemed like a hurricane. The weather was crazy. Trees and branches were falling, along with rain and snow. Fun, but crazy.
Its there, I went up
Another in the standards of workout/keep in shape hikes. Lots of ways to get up besides the standard freeway trail. Cable line/section line etc.
The best route is the cable line route find it and go as fast as you can.
Done this too many times
Done this countless times. Now its right in my backyard!
A fun one to try running up!
Nice little hike to do after work.
This was a winter snowshoe.
This is a good training hike if it is raining hard or you don't have a lot of time.
After 3 years of OSAT membership, this was my first time on the mountain.
I heard this would be a great hike. Sounds of planes overhead, motorcycles in the distance, cars as well. Hmmm. I don't need to go back.
Trudged up the long road to the highest Tiger summit... unfortunately the views here aren't nearly as good as West Tiger