Ascent to West Tiger Mountain-West Slopes on 2013-02-10

Climber: Greg Slayden

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 Report

From 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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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