Explore the most popular birding trails in Tiger Mountain State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very good hiking workout. Incline the whole time. Very rocky though, don’t twist an ankle! Great view at the top.


Good exercise. If you have any knee complications I would recommend poles as some areas are a bit steep. Take a lunch and enjoyed the view from the top. The paragliders are amazing!

5 days ago

Perfect easy loop for after work.

Great hike on a great day. Really cool seeing the paragliders take off from the top. Trail was not too crowded at all for such a nice day. We parked at the high school and the distance was closer to 8 miles round trip as opposed to 6.7.

What a workout! Great trail for conditioning. It is not 6.7 miles but actually 8.2. The trailhead is kind of hard to spot. The high school parking lot was pretty full being a weekday so I had to drive by a few times before I caught a spot off the road. I was pretty lucky. Only ran into a handful of people on the trail. The view is amazing at the top. Took me 3 hours total and that was with running back down a majority of the way. Will be doing again to check out some of the other trails that were at the top.

Fun trail and lots of people. Great view of Bellevue from the top.

Novice hiker. First time on Chirico, and I’ll be back! Weather was great. Plenty of people and dogs out. :) I enjoyed watching the paragliders take off. First time hiking alone, and I felt safe here.

5/2/2018 (Wednesday) -- beautiful weather, lots of dogs, hikers, runners, and paragliders. The trail is basically dry, not muddy, getting broader. Very pleasant.

Great hike for training. earlier the better... but overall Ill be back soon parking lot is small..

19 days ago

Hiked this morning with Hubby and 2 year old son. We took the Nook trail up and did a loop. Steep, moderate grade, but the rocks were amazing! I got some great pics, would definitely do again!

Great views at the top. Did this with my 13 month old in a carrier. There happened to be a running event the day we went so the parking lot was full and you aren’t allowed to park on the road near the trail. Fox Hollow farms (about a half mile south of the parking lot) has parking for hikers, and had lots of animals for kids to pet as well as snacks, hot dogs, and ice cream for sale....great stop, especially if you’re with kids. Despite the added distance due to parking, I loved this trail. There were lots of people, but it made me feel safe since it was my first time on the trail and I was hiking alone/just with my baby. 2 stunning views at the top, saw 2 bald eagles, and got to watch the hang gliders.

21 days ago

Went last week. Good exercise, nice view at Poo Poo Point. I do HITT workouts 4-5 a week and found this hike to be challenging. I don’t hike much (just a few times a year). Great workout for legs and cardio. Also Coming down the trail my feet hurt, I should have cut my toe nails-rookie mistake I guess. My feet were throbbing from the jabbing pain. I can not stress enough cut your toenails..seriously. During workouts I don’t feel any discomfort so I would not have expected any pain...

22 days ago

Decent trail. Start from the right side of the trail, along bus trail to get a harder hike then go up.

Good trail. Great view of Rainier and got to watch a paraglider launch off. Well maintained. Nice forest hike.

Lots of dogs on trail, friendly hikers, view of Mount Rainier is gorgeous near the top.

I have done this trail before and loved it as much today as I did the first time. Although a Weds, the trail was busy with people and furry four-legged friends. An incredibly beautiful day. It's a great running trail for those who would like the challenge. One woman had run the trail 18 times today!

The hike up is nothing special but the view from the top with all the paragliders taking off is amazing. Absolutely worth the effort to see. Met some guys that work for the paragliding company so the next time I'm back I'll be with them taking the more scenic way back down the mountain.

4/23/18- a beautiful sunny day. The mountain was out so there were great views. There are 2 different major view points. About 2.5 miles up, there is a great view of Mount Rainer. Another mile and there is the top viewpoint where the paraglyders take off. It was a great late morning hike. On a Monday morning, we arrived around 930am and we got the last parking spot. The parking is limited and the port a potties are not maintained well-a mess and no toilet paper. It's a very dog friendly trail. Our dog had a blast. There were quite a few people with dogs, which was great. Not great if you don't like dogs. Overall, a great hike and more uphill than I anticipated.

4/23/2018 (Monday) -- Move up by TMT and K3 for 2.6 miles, costing nearly 2 hours, then lunch on West Tiger RR, and down by West Tiger 3, Talus Rock, Nook. The parking lot and the road have been newly paved in pleasant condition.

Try not to run down the hill. It can be disastrous.

Good, steady, upward trail! Great view at the top and we saw a paraglider attempting to take off.

Great workout! Ascending can be tough but the reward is outstanding! descending was easier but steep.

Incredible views of Rainier at the top! Great hike, great workout, fun to see the paragliders launch at the top!

nice short hike

28 days ago

Beautiful well maintained trail.. Took it from Issaquah High school.. Totally worth every sweat drop going up..

Awesome trail. Great rewarding view at top. A little bit crowded during midday. Lots of unleashed dogs.

Nice hike through the woods, steep grade, but not too difficult. Beautiful View at the top. Well worth the effort.

1 month ago

This is my go to trail when I don't have a lot of time. It is quiet and only requires a little effort to get to from the High School side.

Great hike and an even better workout w/ spectacular views.

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