West Tiger Mountain via Preston Trail / 經普雷斯頓步道上西虎山

West Tiger Moutain is one of the six summits along the famous Tiger Mountain massif in the Issaquah Alps. The extensive trail network includes paths with various difficulties. So there’s something for everyone.

West Tiger Mountain 1 radio facility
West Tiger Mountain 1 radio facility

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West Tiger Mountain 1 at a Glance

Access: Preston Powerline Trail
Round Trip: 6.5 miles
Elevation Range: 540′-2948′
Gear: microspikes, snowshoes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

February Snow

Snowstorms in the last couple of days have brought a surprising amount of powder. That meant most of us in the community would stay put for a while. Or at least until the snowplows make rounds through the back streets.

Living at the northern foothills of Tiger Mountain, I’m thankful to have access. It’s also the one place I can hike to without driving. So after it stopped snowing last night, we went up today to beat the 10 AM snow forecast.

Unvarnished
Unvarnished

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Preston Trail

Preston Trail is the most direct way for us to reach West Tiger Mountain. But we first had to make our way up to the Preston Powerline Trail. So we stumbled through the forest behind the neighborhood at the crack of dawn.

It didn’t look like anyone had set foot on the trail since it snowed. Though, before reaching Dwights Way, I saw boot tracks coming from uphill. But they all went back east on the private land.

This way to West Tiger Mountain #1
This way to West Tiger Mountain 1

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Through the State Forest

We made a right at the junction. Then just past a tiny stream, we took the first left and went onto West Tiger Mountain 1 Trail. Later at the next crossing, we continued uphill toward the east ridge.

It appeared that different maps use Preston Trail and West Tiger Mountain 1 Trail interchangeably. But a clear sign placed at each junction would keep us on track. I put on snowshoes below the east ridge.

Open invitation
Open invitation

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Hikers Hut on West Tiger Mountain 1

Soon, we took the Bypass Trail around the north side of the radio facility. Then we continued to the open area by the Hikers Hut and the lone bench. But boy, it was hella gusty! The snow was flying everywhere.

We dove back into the trees minutes later and made our way to the towers. It was not as breezy. But the wind chill made it uncomfortable to hang around. So we left in a short while to go down.

Hikers Hut viewpoint
Hikers Hut viewpoint

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Outro

It continued to snow throughout the morning. Later it stopped as we went down to Preston Powerline Trail. Despite the weather, it was surprising not to see anyone up on the mountain.

Not sure what the snow situation was over at High Point. Though, I’d think getting the car to the trailhead would be the hard part for most people. At least it would be for me!

Mount Rainier in hiding
Back on Preston Powerline Trail

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Miranda

    Hi John,
    We met in line waiting for permits. I managed to summit Luna Peak with your kind advice. Once I forgot my poles, once I pooped out, and finally made it on the third try. I’m wondering if you ever like company. My husband Craig and I would love to do some of the tougher hikes with a “guide.”

    1. onehikeaweek

      Hey, Miranda!

      Good to hear from you. It seems like forever since we stood in line at the ranger station. Glad you were able to climb Luna and come back safely. Yes, we should get together and do some scrambles. You can reach me directly using the email icon at the top of the page. Or find Contact under the About menu. Take care!

  2. Louise Suhr

    Hi John, A friend and I hiked up to WT1 from Preston TH today 2/16. Along the power line in the morning, we met a Rottweiler dog without a collar. Very friendly chap, who followed us up and down, well actually, he led most of the time. Back along the power line in the afternoon, we asked a dad outside with a couple of children if he recognized the dog, and he said no. Back at the car, the dog was obviously waiting for us to invite him to jump in, Luckily, a state trooper drove by right then, and offered to take the dog to a local vet to see if he was chipped. Hope so! Seeing as you are local, do you know of this dog and who his humans might be? Hope so!

    1. onehikeaweek

      Hey, Louise!

      I hope you had an enjoyable outing on the mountain. Too bad about the dog. I haven’t seen any Rottweilers in our neighborhood along Preston Way. Perhaps he belongs to one of those homes on the south side of Preston Powerline Trail. But I hope he finds his way home! Fingers crossed.

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