|Border Collies Tim and Hank ready to hike|
Directions to Tiger MountainTiger Mountain has several trail heads, but for our hike to the Tiger Mountain Christmas Tree we started from the popular High Point trailhead about 30 minutes east of Seattle right off I-90 exit 20.
Take I-90 exit 20 and turn south (right if coming eastbound from Seattle or left if traveling I-90 westbound). Unless you arrive extremely early on a weekday, the cars parked at this very popular trailhead will be visible before you arrive at the exit. Parking is available all along the dead-end road to the left on SE 79th. Since this is a Washington State forest, a Discover Pass is required to park.
Directions to the Tiger Mountain Christmas Tree
|Tiger Mountain Highpoint Trailhead|
The Christmas Tree isn't marked on any trail map that I know of and with over 50 miles of trails meandering through the forest on Tiger Mountain it can be a little tricky to find, so I always recommend taking a map. This waterproof map that includes all of the Issaquah Alps is the one that I use when hiking in the area.
#Spoiler Alert! - if you want to be surprised when you do the hike and don't want to see a photo of this gorgeous tree, do NOT look at the last photo on this page.
|Tim and Hank leashed as we start up Tiger Mountain|
|The trail through large trees on Tiger Mountain|
|Tiger Mountain Intersection of Lingering Trail and Dwight's Way Trail|
|Bootleg Trail Sign Tiger Mountain|
|Tiger Mountain Sign at the Junction of Bootleg Trail and Paw Print Connector Trails|
Photo of the Tiger Mountain Christmas Tree
|Tim and Hank at the Tiger Mountain Christmas Tree|