West Tiger # 3 via Cable Line Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Issaquah, WA that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
An alternative trail to the summit of West Tiger summit #3, this trail follows the buried power lines straight up to the summit. The West Tiger Cable line is the steep way to the summit of West Tiger mountain #3, climbing 2000 feet in just under 1.5 miles.
It's a darn good cardio workout! I didn't have poles but I could've used them for this. Definitely a great hike though. Very peaceful and rewarding.
It was solid. Went gearless, but would recommend poles for the Cable portion of the hike.
Good views to the East. Decent views to the Northwest at the top of the peaks.
The Cable was tough, beautiful and very rewarding. Exactly what I was hoping for!
It was hard hiked but good for cardio and of course it's always beautiful to be out.
The hike was very good. Ideal for a 2.5-3 hour hike up and back down. The end is a bit steep, but overall a very good hike.
Best hike to train for The Enchantments. Very steep and a lot of loose rocks.
I was a very exhausting hike and a workout.
Steep uphill, took the switchbacks coming down since it was dark but we all had headlamps. Used for marathon strength training.
This is only a training hike, there are no good views at the top its generally cloud cover.very challenging so pack light. A couple water bottles should be all you need.
There are a few views along the way, though this hike is really all about pure training. My oldest son and I did this a few months ago with training packs. It was an absolute grind, but well worth it for the training.
We will be back for the next training season.
Tried this trail hoping to add it to our list of training routes. Starts out very noisy. So loud from the freeway we couldn't carry on a conversation. It is a bit steep and isnt maintained as others have said but easy to follow. The trail lacked kick-ins so it was more like just walking a steeper grade vs the step ups...didnt really give us the thigh burn we were looking for. There is really no view at the top which was a total deduct to me. Also the big tower in the distance is a reminder that you haven't really escaped the city. I wont go back because of it. The sun was out and we soaked it up which was wonderful. Washington Trails Association said this was about 3 miles RT but it is closer to 4 if you did this trail only. We took the more gradual loop down so in total we were just over 5 miles.
Did it as a tougher downhill alternative to the maintained trail, unlike some of the other not so well maintained trails, I didn't really enjoy this one. Tough For Toughs sake. I have a feeling it will be a better uphill training run.
Good conditioning hike with a straight shot to the summit. Trail is not maintained since its an alternate route but due the high value of traffic it's easy to stay on course. The top wasn't to interesting but the birds on the summit were quite enjoyable, they would land on people's bags in an attempt to seize unsecured food. Overall it was a good hike to the top but don't expect much when it comes to views
I gave it 3 stars as a conditioning hike, but for views and interest, there's not much to it. Steeper than the West Tiger 3 trail, and less crowded, Cable line gives you more of a thigh burning workout as it heads straight for the Tiger mountain summit with fewer switchbacks than West Tiger 3. Views from the top are just okay. For me, this is really about conditioning