Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Issaquah with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike to see while visiting the area! The best part are the Paragliders and view from the top. I hiked alone and felt totally comfortable to do so. A nice steady climb and shady most of the way. Great views of rainier too!

6 days ago

This is a fun, quick hike. Up and down in under two hours, depending on how long you stay at the top. The trail is well-maintained. The views are fantastic on a clear day. There are two view points. Both spots offer a great place to sit, take in the view, have a picnic.

I saw all age ranges on this hike (8yr olds to late 60s). Overall, this is a fun and easy hike. Have fun!

The only downside is that this trail is very crowded. I went at 7am in a weekday morning and it was not so bad. But in late afternoons/evenings it gets so packed that it isn’t very enjoyable.

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6 days ago

I got as far as East Summit before my phone/GPS/map broke and I had to negotiate my way to the Hwy 18 dropoff.

Do NOT hike this without a good map or GPS. There are trails and roads that are unmarked, and at about the 7 mile mark a clear cut has wiped the trail out for about half a mile. Without this recorded track to follow, I would not have found the trail there.

Had a great hike today. Currently bit muddy, and slippery. A kid and a pet were with us.
The trail is steep at places.
There is no view from top, if you are expecting it. But the wilderness is a wonderful experience.

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7 days ago

My two kids (12 & 7) did this loop today. It was a fun hike and a perfect challenge for them both. This is a really beautiful hike. Here are some things to know:

As of Jun-16-2018 there is a tree down across the Trail in the 1st third of the hike (counter clockwise loop). We had no problem getting through it though.

As of Jun-16-2018 Tent City 4 is at the base of the trail head. This is not an issue as far as I am concerned (the residents don’t want trouble coming into Tent City), but you have to walk through TC4 to get to the TH. Everyone we passed and said ‘Hi’ to (in and out) was very nice and friendly.

You can hear car noise from I90 for more than half the hike.

My son called it Fernopolos - there are a million ferns...really beautiful.

The full loop is about 4-miles.

I have no idea where the bridge in the cover photo is - we didn’t see it on this loop.

Overall a great wilderness hike (no vistas or views though). We will be back with our Scout troop.

I chose this trail for the difficulty and from reading other reviews. First time up I took my camelbak with 15lbs of weight as well as a 15lb weighted vest. It was a tough climb, but worth it as an alternate leg day. I have no special hiking gear or boots, just a ratty pair of sauconys, and I made it to the top fine. The descent, though more time consuming than a standard trail descent, was quite fun. Not a great view at the top, so I can only recommend this to people looking to torch their legs. One note: this trail has some serious mud chute sections which are touch to navigate even when dry. When wet, these sections of the trail can be extremely slippery. Be mindful if you're trekking up after/during rain.

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13 days ago

6 hours to complete Chirico, One View, TMT, West Tiger RG, and back to Chirico via PPP trail.

Note-- One View is very overgrown, looks like it may not have been maintained in quite some time. We never had an issue of losing the trail since the vegetation is quite thick, but just be sure to wear long sleeves to avoid getting stuck by the overgrowth.

Also, as can be said for most of the area, this is cougar country. I do not recommend going beyond Chirico and PPP trail alone and/or without preparing yourself. About 3/4th of the way going north on One View, we paused for a few minutes to grab a snack and refuel. After about a minute of fiddling with our sacks, we heard the unmistakable scream of a cougar. You bet your bottom we threw all our food back in our sacks and moved away from the area with our bear sprays in hand. Be vigilant and bring protection if you want to hike on the more remote trails on Tiger Mt.

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.

Nice trail, too much gravel road incorporated into the loop for my tastes. Good cardio close to town. Midweek afternoon and I saw only 3 other people until I was approaching the parking lot at the end

Nice walk with well maintained route

Pretty hike with great views at the top. The paragliders were really cool to see

Enjoyable but crowded little hike without leaving town.

Great little work out

Fine for an easy hike with hardly any elavation change. not a super clear path for a loop around the lake, but it's pretty easy to jump between trails to make your own loop.

21 days ago

Decently heavy foot traffic on a Saturday, even starting in the late afternoon. The way up has good incline and is somewhat rocky. The view at the peak is lovely, and you can see Rainier in its full glory on a clear day. Also definitely fun to watch paragliders take off before heading back down.

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23 days ago

This is one of my favorite short hikes to do on a weekday evening after work. Trail is well maintained and the fireplace at the end is so interesting. Gets fairly steep in parts but it is definitely manageable.

It was a challenging workout but disappointing view at the top. Nothing to see.

Had so much fun doing this hike! Weather was mild which was perfect as this hike is mostly incline. It was good to have the breeze to cool you down as you ascended to the top. I do not recommend this trail for younger kids.

This is a very popular hike I've been wanting to do for quite some time. A few friends and I did this hike near the time of sunset. There were hardly any hikers on the trail which was nice. By the time we got to the top there were no paragliders for it was too dark. There was one group of guys from Ohio that came to visit the west side to experience the hikes. They had a golf club with them and let us hit a ball of the mountain side which was pretty neat. The views from this hike are astounding and really a great hike for people of all ages.

It was a beautiful day out at Tradition Lake! Not crowded at all when we started at 830!

Beautiful hike!

Good workout, good incline.

Great spot to watch gliders take off

Easy trail for kids and pets that leads to the boat launch. Fun for our family to do in the morning, then head to the lake afterwards. I’d say about half the trail is exposed to sun so wear sunscreen on hot days. Does require discovery pass.

Pretty difficult/strenuous for the first mile or so. Lots of rock steps and a decent incline. The views at the top are well worth it. Everyone on the trail was friendly and there were plenty of dogs to ogle. :)

Despite lacking a vista at the peak, this hike is absolutely gorgeous and is lush with streams and ferns. I took Trailhead Direct from Mount Baker to Margaret’s Way, and then just walked to the trailhead across the road, so it’s convenient to get to without a car. Lots of different options if you decide to extend your hike, and lots runners, children, and people with dogs.

Great hike super steep and busy but not in a bad way. Seeing the paragliders was cool. Not a tone of places to use the bathroom due to the consistent vertical assent so... if you see a good spot. Take the time because it could be a while before you find another private spot. Freaking great hike short but steep and a great workout without a huge commitment .

This was a great family hike. The scenery was enough to keep the kids (ages 8,6,4) engaged and going. Trail was well marked and well maintained. It was pretty crowded which was the only real downside.

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