Beaver Hill + Sally’s Summit on Tiger Mountain via Tiger Summit / 海狸山丘

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Beaver Hill on East Tiger Mountain sits southeast above Tiger Summit, aka the mountain pass. It’s also inside one of Seattle’s notable mountain biking areas by Highway 18. Meanwhile, miles of biking trails wind through the lush old growth.

Ten minutes of sunshine on Beaver Hill
Ten minutes of sunshine on Beaver Hill

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For Beaver Hill near Leavenworth, check out this post.

Beaver Hill on Tiger Mountain at a Glance

Access: Tiger Summit Trail
Round Trip: 5.8 miles
Elevation Range: 1340′-2786′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

The Preface

The forecast looked pretty gloomy, with a 60% chance of precipitation. The snow was dumping over the passes in the early hours, so I scratched the idea of going east. But that meant a higher chance of walking in the rain.

I looked through the nearby “named” high points we hadn’t visited. Then I stumbled across Beaver Hill on Tiger Mountain and Sally’s Summit above Highway 18. It also looked feasible to make a short loop trip of the two hills.

Questionable weather
Questionable weather

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Access Road to Master Link Trail to Crosshaul

I went past the gate and soon turned left onto the access road. Then at the trail crossing, I went onto Master Link Trail to the next fork. The switchbacks ensured an enjoyable 700′ gain over 1.3 miles to the Inside Passage junction.

I didn’t look closely, but I think there was a drinking fountain here. In a dusting of snow, I went onto Crosshaul and left it midway for Beaver Hill. I reached the summit shortly after bypassing most brush and down trees from the west.

Trailside view
Trailside view

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Summit of Beaver Hill on Tiger Mountain

The summit wasn’t much to look at, just a bunch of deadfalls surrounded by tall vegetation. But I couldn’t see where I was going without stepping onto a log first. The only clearing was above the forest, looking to the sky.

Minutes later, I returned to the trail and soon walked out to the road. The open roadway curved east as I savored 10 minutes of sunshine with a blue sky. Then I hopped onto Predator in three more forks at the four-way and went south.

Beaver Hill summit
Beaver Hill summit

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Sally’s Summit and Out

It only took minutes to reach the ridgetop, where I continued through the open forest. The high point was by a sign on the south end, right before the trail dipped. The flat top was more of a “pass-through” area for the bikers, not much else.

This bike trail looked technical as it dropped steeply, 1000′ over a mile. Sprinkles soon turned into flurries with no more blue sky. After photos by the stream, I walked the road under one mile back to the half-full parking lot.

Sally's Summit
Sally’s Summit

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