Ascent of Tiger Mountain on 2009-04-04

Climber: Jan Peter Eklund

Others in Party:Emma
Date:Saturday, April 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tiger Mountain
    Elevation:3004 ft / 915 m

Ascent Trip Report

I went up along the main tiger mountain road which is closed to vehicles during the winter. Snow on the ground starting around 1500 ft (trailhead @ 1400 ft). At the lower elevations the snow was 6-8" and pretty slushy where hikers had packed down a trail. As we gained altitude the snow depth increased and the packed down path became less reliably packed down. By the time we reached the Crossover Road intersection (@ 2400') snow depth was 2-3', increasing to 4-5' (estimated) close to the summit. Why I did not bring my snowshoes I do not know. We had a bunch of rain in Seattle in the past week, so I should have been expecting fresh snow on the mountain. At any rate, it wasn't too bad following along the tracks of previous hikers, as long as you don't mind sinking thigh deep every once in a while. The weather was outstanding - close to 60F in the afternoon, sunny and clear. Great view of Rainier to the south. Very quiet on the mountain, once we got "around the corner" and didn't hear the road noise.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1644 ft / 501 m
    Trailhead:1360 ft / 414 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 40 Minutes

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