2017/6/24 – Tiger Mountain III (East Tiger) / 虎山之三 (東虎)

Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier

Photos from this trip can be found here.

The need to stay close to home this weekend gave me the chance to explore our own backyard at the foothills of the mountain. I came across the Tiger Mountain DOT (Department of Transportation) Trailhead during one of our walks in the neighborhood. It was less than a mile away, which meant I could actually get there without driving.

Last time we set our foot in the state forest was over seven years ago when the black lab and I visited Middle Tiger. While doing research and looking for maps online, I was surprised to discover a whole network of trails on this mountain. Perhaps the other two times when we visited the mountain, I was purely focusing on staying on the main trail.

Inconspicuous trailhead
Inconspicuous trailhead

Photos from this trip can be found here.

To beat the midday heat and to maximize the trip distance, pup and I started hiking from the house by 6 AM. From the inconspicuous trailhead, we hiked south for about 500 feet to reach the brushy Preston Powerline Trail marked by a cairn and headed west. Shortly after crossing the underground stream, we arrived at the Preston Trail junction, which could easily be missed as it sat a bit farther up the hill.

By the time we reached this trail junction, we had already backtracked nearly a mile to the area behind our neighborhood. Next time I should see if one of my neighbors next to the Powerline Trail will be nice enough to let us through their property to save the initial two-mile approach before even entering the mountain.

Preston Powerline Trail
Preston Powerline Trail

Photos from this trip can be found here.

We hiked directly south on Preston Trail and past Dwight’s Way in lower elevation. At the junction with North Side Railroad Grade, we made a left onto a connector trail to East Tiger Trail and hiked it southeastward. Once we crossed the Preston Railroad Trail at 2,400′, East Tiger Trail began making its way south toward the summit.

East Tiger summit apparently was mountain bikers playground, we also past several on the way up. Weather got pretty warm even before we got to the summit marked by a radio facility. Views were largely obstructed by trees except the south side, where Mount Rainier was the main attraction.

Serenity
East Tiger Trail
Radio facility
Radio facility

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Due to warm temperatures, pup and I stayed just long enough to get some photos before heading back into the shade and down the mountain.

Gear: none

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