South Tiger Mountain Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews

South Tiger Mountain Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

6.9 miles
1,538 feet

dog friendly


horseback riding

trail running



wild flowers



over grown

3 months ago

They’re doing logging near this trail so the trailheads are difficult to find. Got lost a few times due to the trails being cut into different sections with no discernible trail markers. Plus parts of the trail are not well maintained. Not the coolest views either. Just a lot of forest and ferns.

6 months ago

Good gentle walk, but not much to see. We didn’t see any waterfalls and the trail ended on a gravel road under the crackling power lines.

9 months ago

The start was a little tricky to find, it’s across the street from the side you can park on right by a school bus sign. The hike itself was a breeze. Not too much elevation, on and off tree cover. Saw all of three other people despite there being quite a few cars parked. Overall very nice quick day hike.

10 months ago

very nice,quiet & clean. Trail head was a little hard to find at first...very small sign on side of road. parking is along the road to.

trail running
11 months ago

a quick run , when the weather isnt pleasent

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Another pretty nice day with the boys. Glad too see that there is still normal people around.
Boy there are some weirdos running around up there these days

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Super muddy/wet. Not that challenging. No views... the trail just ends under the power lines. So, if you want a muddy walk through the woods, this is perfect for you. Otherwise, pick a different trail.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trail was good. Views??? That option needs to be removed for filtering. There were none. Walked to power line in and out.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Horse poop. Lots of horse poop. Other than that, it is a decent little trail.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

hiked to the creek and back

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

great hike without tons of people even on a holiday! pretty easy great for dogs

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Prime blackberry pickin'!

trail running
Sunday, November 20, 2016

this trail is awesome, easy to run ! 1 spot for horse poop but go around it, total loop to power lines was 4.23miles.. a couple water spots but you can walk around or step on a log.

Monday, October 03, 2016

There aren't many viewpoints but this is a very lush and beautiful area. Our biggest complaint with this trail was the amount of horse poop present. There were narrow parts of the trail that were very difficult to get around the piles. You constantly had to be looking at the ground to make sure you weren't going to step in anything because it was just about every minute that you would run into another pile. We ended up hiking the forest road down and then onto Tiger Mountain Rd SE back to our car just so we wouldn't have to deal with it. Doing this actually brought us to a nice viewpoint where we were able to overlook the valley and see other mountains in the distance. Overall this is not a bad hike, we just wish there was better trail etiquette from the equestrian riders.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Nice, easy trail through the woods. Very lush and full of wildlife. It's a great quick, easy hike to get you out of the house. Some narrow areas but overall a good hike for kids, as well.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Nice moderate trail and a good exercise of comparing the Green Trails map with an app and with reality. Both are good to have: Green Trails for planning and for The Big Picture, this app for figuring out the fine nuances of where you are at those confusing intersections.

No great views but a fine trail, we went out for conditioning with heavier packs. Overgrown and nettles/blackberry vines in places. Went to the summit and used the horse trail as well. Great weather today. We had a great time.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Good hike. We started at the inversion railroad and met up with south tiger loop. 7 1/2 miles total. It was pouring down rain and very muddy but what else do you expect in January.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Not our kind of hike. Fairly flat and no good views. It you're looking for a non scenic walk then you wouldn't mind it.

Friday, January 01, 2016

We hiked this trail on Boxing Day. It was a beautiful day and the trail was lovely. We had a late start, but still made it up to the power lines at the top where there was a nice layer of snow. Did a couple different loop trails, making it about a 5.5 mile trek. Dog-friendly, which is a priority for us.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

No views and boring, lots of other trails nearby that are better choices.

Friday, September 25, 2015

9/24/2015 (Thursday) -- Another lovely sunny day of the fall, 66-70F in the shade, 80F under the sun. Parking place is on the other side of the trailhead, can hold about a dozen cars, but when I arrived and left, there was only one other than mine. The trailhead is easy to miss, but if you see the school bus yellow sign, that's the trailhead (there is a big tree root). The trail (mainly TMT) is in very good condition, well maintained with overgrown cut, gentle incline, wide and smooth, but the east-side horse trail of the small loop (see the map) is not maintained with thick overgrown. While going to the north end of the small loop, turn left and then turn right on to the steep service road with the sign "South Tiger Traverse Trail". The service road leads to the power line opening, where there is the awesome view to the west, including Olympic Mountains. Then, follow the dirt trail (not service road) up into the forest again. The northern part of the trail is low trees with view to the west and the north. Then, I took the service road up to the end, and take a look at the other Tiger Mountain summits (Middle, East). The return trip takes TMT on the eastern side of South Tiger back to the trailhead (crossing a short section of service road). Few people hike this part of trails, so traffic is very light.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My friend and I took my dog on this hike today. We only saw two other groups on the trail. It was a good hike - mostly clear trail but in areas, lots of brush (sticker bushes). We ended up doing a total of 8.44 miles (not sure how - we followed all of the South Tiger Mt Trail signs) and never reached the summit… after a little over 2 hours, we turned around. It was a peaceful hike that we both really enjoyed; just wish we had reached the top!

Monday, April 20, 2015

A nice trail with a great view out to the Olympics at the power line break. The horse trail was a little muddy but some nice key hole view points

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Started off on the Tiger Mountain main trail headed North and looped around to the left to get on the Tiger Mountain South trail heading back towards the vehicle. I probably would have missed the trail head entrance from Tiger Mountain Road if there hadn't been another vehicle parked on the shoulder. We ended up hiking this route during the AFC and NFC Championship games while it was also raining so we saw no one else out there. Had a lot of fun, plan on spending more time wandering around this state forest.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Went on a late Wednesday afternoon and missed the parking a couple of times before I realized it's just street parking. There were no other cars around. The trail itself is very narrow and overgrown, and I ran into spiderwebs every 5 feet or so. After a half a mile I decided to turn around and head to Poo Poo instead. I didn't feel safe alone, especially not knowing the trail. I would try it again if I had some others with me.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fun hike, not over populated which is awesome.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Nice and relatively easy hike. A bit overgrown in sections in summer months. Very nice views on clear days.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Went on a hike around noon today, ran in to only one other hiker on the trail.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A great view at the top of the trail. Power lines are there but it makes an amazing clearing to view all of the south king county.

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