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Nook Trail to West Tiger Three Trail

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Tiger Mountain State Forest

Nook Trail to West Tiger Three Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,955 feet Route Type: Loop

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West Tiger 3 is a good conditioning trail. You can also access the summits of West Tiger Mtn. 2 and 1. REMEMBER YOUR WASHINGTON DISCOVERY PASS!

time to get back in hiking shape!

Went counter clockwise and in the incline is intense. Not much of a view at the top but there were a few paragliders and cute birds. I started the cable line trail on the way back but switched over to West Tiger 3 trail because it was steep with rolling rocks. Most of the loop trail is unmaintained.

This is such a beautiful trail. Still open amid covid, you just have to hoof it an extra .25 miles or so to get to the trailhead.

3 months ago

This trail is deceptive. The upward hike to mountain peak 2 is straight up with no vistas or level offs. It is 4.5 miles but it’s really 2.5 miles+ to the top and going down the back end of the loop is a much steeper downhill, less maintained and completely in the shade so if there are any icy conditions, be careful. Most people go back down the way they came up so that extends the hike well past the 4.5 miles listed. Given the steep up and down, if you plan on taking dogs, make sure they’re ready and capable. Also, if it’s slick, snowy or icy, your dogs should be incredibly well trained as half the people walk their dogs off leash which is not supposed to be allowed. The sites aren’t that nice and when you get to peak 2, it’s very disappointing because there’s no view. Everything is blocked by the tree line. If you want a good workout or are training for something, this would be a great option. For a nice, enjoyable, scenic hike I’d give this one a hard pass!

Always a good workout. Some blowdown, but otherwise the tail is in good condition. We went up Nook to Section to West Tiger 3 and returned the same way.

on the way down it got tricky having a 50+ lb backpack but great training home for JMT. doing it twice is the goal now!

4 months ago

Trail in good condition. No snow. Blowdowns that are easy to cross, but be cautious on windy days on the Nook side.

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5 months ago

Definitely a much better trail as it is way less trafficked. Hike is steeper than the west tiger 3. Go on this trail if you are looking more solitude, a good workout. The view is primarily walking in the forest as you literally are. Lots of parts of the trail within the forest which are not maintained. Overall a good hike.

7 months ago

Good short and steep ascent if going counter clockwise. Part of the trail is unmaintained, but in fine condition. Nothing amazing about this hike, no great view, lots of second growth. Workout hike

I went up tiger #3 and added the walk to tiger 2 and 1. definitely worth it! I would highly recommend pole sif planning to descend the way I did as it is steep and slick when wet. Best views were from Tiger 1 :D

11 months ago

Did this as s run from Near ridge to the top of Shangri la via Tibbets bit was great. Excellent view at the top of Shangri la b

11 months ago

I went up the Cable Line to begin with that that is pretty harshly steep but came back down Nook Trail and it was wide and spacious, just lovely.

OSAT meeting with Mark Riley and Marty

Sun Mar 03 2019

Tue Jan 29 2019

As they say in England, “bloody ell mate” The climb up was steep but the climb down was painful on the knees. This 5 mile hike was harder than the 14 mile one I did yesterday.

Wed Nov 14 2018

Hiked this in the height of WA's summer. Nook trail was a steep climb and a good workout. West Tiger 3 was moderate, but the view was very underwhelming. Overall a good workout, but I would not do again. My phone recorded closer to 6 miles total.

Fri Jul 20 2018

trail is ok, but the lookout it very underwhelming, not worth the climb

Sat Jun 09 2018

I would not rate this as moderate. Going up the nook trail was doable but the section line trail was definitely difficult for me. View at the top not worth the effort going up this way in my opinion. Next time..if there is a next time I would do West Tiger 3 going up and down.

Tue Apr 24 2018

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.

Sat Mar 31 2018

Hiked this on Saturday, March 17th 2018. Started on Nook, continued up an unmaintained trail towards the summit of West Tiger 3, (2,522ft) went down Cable Line and circled back to the parking lot. Up and down in under 3hrs. Conditions were perfect. no snow or ice. Bring layers! Our hands very quickly started stinging from the cold at the top. Hardly any views. its mainly a hike through the trees. Arrive early if you can. we started before sunrise and by the time we got down, the parking lot and the side of the road were lined with cars. Discover Pass required.

Mon Jan 22 2018

Trail in a good condition as long as you have hiking boots (slippery). No obstacles, no snow. Steady elevation through West Tiger Trail, pretty comfortable. Went down through Section Line Connector - this trail is unmaintained, nothing crazy, just steep. Going up this way may be challenging, need to try next time..

Sat Nov 11 2017

Veterans Day hike with Mrs. W. Hiked up Nook Trail to summit West Tiger Peaks 3-2-1-2-3 and back down West Tiger 3 Trail. Mrs. W wasn't told she would be hiking all three peaks ... she wasn't happy. I told her she would thank me later.... I don't think she will. Beautiful hike on a rainy day. Hike up Nook Trail is unmaintained it had a lot of down trees on trail. It is also steep and the trail is not clearly marked to follow... basically a scramble to the top. Not very good views unless you go to peak #1. Next to peak #1 is a cool little hut for hikers we had a little snack and got out of the rain for a little bit. Hike down West Tiger 3 Trail was a little longer but not as steep. Post hike: Free Veterans Day meal and a long soak in the hot tub followed by a glass of whiskey.

Mon Nov 06 2017

Lots of snow, branches were falling down. Be careful. Hike was great!

Fri Sep 29 2017

We did the Nook trail first - counter clockwise on this loop. That’s probably best since the uphill on the section connector trail was brutal and I can’t think about doing that downhill. Pretty trail but the reward was the downhill not necessarily the view at the top.

Sat Aug 26 2017

This app unfortunately doesn't help find the trailhead. We went on 3 instead and it was a nice workout!

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