I’ve previously talked about Tiger Mountain here as a close to town, year round hiking option with a wide variety of trails. The Tiger Mountain Trail North is one of many trails on Tiger Mountain, and this hike was on the north portion of the trail. It’s important to pay attention to the map as there are many trails and you can put together multiple loops of different lengths and difficulty.
In this case, I was looking for a short jaunt, so I took the Tiger Mountain Trail North for about two and a half miles (just past the second trail junction) for a total hike of just over 5 miles and just over 1000 feet of elevation gain.
This trail doesn’t have views, but it’s shady and goes through a beautiful forest with a startling amount of fireweed in places
This trail, while not particularly unusual, was perfect for what I was looking for on this day (short, close to home, a bit of climbing but not too much and shady on a hot day). A big advantage to this trail is that there are almost no people on it. I saw 7 people on this sunny August weekend day! (It does share the trailhead and parking lot with busier trails but I found parking easily.) A downside to this hike is that you hear the traffic noise from I90 for a good portion of it (I got around this by wearing headphones).