Ascent to West Tiger Mountain-West Slopes on 2013-02-10
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, February 10, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Point Reached:||West Tiger Mountain - West Slopes|
| Elevation:||2000 ft / 609 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||948 ft / 289 m (34% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom the Sunset Way parking area east of downtown Issaquah, I hiked up the steep trail to the Tradition Plateau area, and then took the Adventure Trail, High School Trail, and Section Line Trail uphill towards West Tiger Mountain's summit. The upper part of the Section Line Trail was very steep and officially "unmaintained". I took a right on the West Tiger Railroad Grade, and planned to take the intriguingly named "Seattle View Trail" left uphill. However, I saw no signs--I did pass what looked like a trail of sorts, but figured there would be a sign, like there had been for all other trails my Green Trails map showed.
So I continued on the RR Grade and after a while realized I had missed my turn on the Seattle View Trail. Not wanting to backtrack, I continued around the Many Creeks Valley to the Poo Poo Point trail, which I took back down towards Issaquah. So I never got to the summit. I did explore the High School trail and the area around the High School, and an old rail grade, on the way back to the car.
A few months later I returned to West Tiger Mountain and found the top of the Seattle View trail near the summit of West Tiger #2. It was unsigned from the top, too, but I was looking carefully this time. The path was a bit overgrown but did lead down to the RR Grade, where I had missed it earlier--still no sign. There were no views of Seattle from this trail, except maybe at the very top, near West Tiger #2.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1852 ft / 564 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1852 ft / 564 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||8.4 mi / 13.5 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||1852 ft / 564 m|
| Distance:||3.2 mi / 5.2 km|
| Route:||Section Line Tr|
| Start Trailhead:||Sunset Way 148 ft / 45 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1852 ft / 564 m|
| Distance:||5.2 mi / 8.4 km|
| Route:||Poo Poo Point Tr|
| End Trailhead:||Sunset Way 148 ft / 45 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 45 Minutes|
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