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Tiger Mountain

Average Rating:    (4.34 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 50

Fire roads and lots of singletrack. The best part is motorcycles aren't aloud, there aren't many horses either. I recommend Preston Railroad Trail, a good intermediate downhill trail. Take the fire road up and the trail will be on the right.
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Latitude
47.46581646875358
Longitude
-121.93124771118164
Trail Directions
From I-90 take highway 18 west. At the top of Tiger Mountain there will be a parking lot on the left. From I-5 take hwy 18 east. Go about ten miles or so past Kent to the Tiger Mountain Summit, parking lot is on the left. You can park righ off the highway or go up to the upper parking lot, but don't park there if you will be there late, the gates close at 8. There is a trail map at the upper parking lot.
Trail Length
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Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Issaquah
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Review Date
July 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: corstiand ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There are a total of three trails at Tiger Mountain open to MTBers, all nicely sign boarded with direction of travel and distance. They fall into the general XC category with the Preston Rail Trail still able to bring a smile to the face of the avid DH rider. Iverson is a very nice technical trail with short climbing/descending sections with the challenges changing depending on direction. ( I met two local riders who suggest riding it both ways as the best.) The Northwest Timber Trail is a nice short relatively easy ride and actually a place that a novice might ride to challenge themselves without death and dismemberment. Yes there would likely be a few blown short climbs and a couple of walks but its not a bad ride.

Recommended Route:
You can ride the three trails as a nice loop. Start at the upper parking lot inside the actual park gate. (This parking lot is accessed from the parking lot at the Tiger Mountain Summit on Highway 18.) Ride the fire road (the gate is at the bottom of the upper parking lot) to the back of Iverson and then ride Iverson back towards the parking lot. Take a break or keep riding by taking the connector across to the fire road that will take you up to the trail head for the Preston Rail Trail. (The connector is signed and shares its start/finish with Iverson. The fire road climb is a 3 mile long 1000 ft change in elevation uphill climb.) Ride Preston down and then take the fire road at the bottom of Preston to connect to the Northwest Timber Trail. Ride the NW Timber Trail back to the Connector and then back to the parking lot. The following site has a map with this exact route http://backcountry.unicyclist.com/UNICON/TigerNWTimber/TigerMountainMap.jpg

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you have the time. 1.5 hours from Seattle will put you in Billingham, WA where Mt. Galbraith awaits your riding pleasure. Otherwise check with a LBS for more close by.



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Review Date
July 8, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Tarekith ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
THIS is the type of trail I was looking forward to when moving to Seattle from Chicago, straight up real mountain biking. As mentioned the first 3 miles up the fireroads are pretty rough, I'm in good shape but still need to walk a lot of it to save my legs for the DH sections, takes about 35-45 minutes to get up. I like doing this early in the morning, it's cooler and peaceful then.

The rest is just body jarring roots and rocks, small drops galore, and a lot of beautiful scenery on the way down. Timber trail is nice and smooth compared to Preston. Iverson has a lot of leg work to get to the last DH section, but man is that a workout getting down. Very technical, roots and natural drops left and right. Loads of fun.

Recommended Route:
Climb the main fireroad, head down Preston, meet a fireroad on the otherside and take that to Timberwoods. Ride that until you hit the connector to the upper parking lot, then take the second fireroad up to the Iverson trail.



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Review Date
July 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dstammel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I loved this ride.
Once you get pasted the first 3 miles of climbing on gravel roads you really feel like you've earned the single track. You get 4 awsome miles of down hill switch backs on the side of tiger mt. There are tons of tree roots and rocks to jump off of. Becareful if it's wet because there are a ton of roots everywhere. Good ride though. So 3 miles up....4 miles of awsome woods....1 mile of gravel again, then 2 miles back. The final back trail is not as exciting as preston but it's still fun. They are repairing the bridges this week, so next week should be even better.



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Review Date
October 21, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dave Green ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Now that the trails are closed for the Winter, this is the only way I can get my Tiger fix, so...for all the people who complain that the first three miles of the ride up are a pain (I agree) I would suggest riding up Timber and Preston. It makes for a much more intesting and challenging ride vs. the fire road. I tried this route earlier this year and haven't ridden the fire road since (except on the way down). There may be some hike-a-bikes on the lower section of Preston, but after the first few switchbacks it's all good. Watch for riders coming down. I always give them the right of way. Please respect the trails and stay off during the off-season.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Iverson rocks! Very technical. Tolt, Tapeworm, Beaver Lake.



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Review Date
April 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: s7t7e7v7e ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As with all other reviewers, the first three miles are a pain. After the first 20 minutes of climbing, hopefully you'll just go into the thousand-yard, tunnel-vision stare. I underestimated the elevation of this ride, and actually rode into heavy snow (wasn't sticking, though) on this mid-April ride. The Preston Railroad Trail is an absolute blast. Due to the heavy precipitation, practically the entire switchbacking portion of the ride was done in a creek. I was frozen solid, but was grinning from ear to ear the whole time. On a side note, whichever group that does trail maintenance on the Preston deserves major props. If the trail gets that much flowing water after heavy rains, it has to be a major job slowing down the erosion process.

Coming down the East Side Road was relaxing. The weather cleared and great views were to be seen. There was quite a bit of loose gravel, though, so an all-out bonzai wasn't going to happen.

The Northwest Timber Trail was pretty fun. There is some unique foliage that the naturalist within will appreciate. But, this ride is all about the Preston. Sure, the NW Timber Trail is a nice finale, but the Preston is what makes this ride such a great one. If you want rolling single track, may I suggest Tolt/McDonald in Carnation. It has some amazingly fun and endless single track.

Recommended Route:
Park in the second parking lot (away from the highway/about 1/3 of a mile past the main lot) and take the short connector trail to the Tiger Mountain Road. The road will come to a T after a few miles, go left. A half mile later, there will be a small trailhead on the right, take it. Continue on the Preston Railroad Trail and take a left at the trail's exit (the end of the Preston is obvious once you're there). Continue BRIEFLY and take a right onto the East Side Road. Connect onto the Northwest Timber Trail where there are some large deposits of rock. The rock piles are very obvious, the trailhead is not. Continue on the NW Timber Trail all the way back to the lot.



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