Tiger Mountain and Raging River State Forests


Attention: Alerts and Closures

Recreation alert: Effective on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, portions of several DNR-managed trails (TMT, West Tiger #3, Cable Line, Seattle View, Section Line, Poo Top, and Preston Trail) that access privately-owned forest lands surrounding the summits of West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed while road work and forest management operations occur. These closures will take place until further notice. For your safety, respect the closure area.
View a list of additional operational changes related to COVID-19
Color photo of mountain biker riding trail on Tiger Mt.
The 13,745-acre Tiger Mountain State Forest, near the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area, is one of DNR's most well known forests. In 2009, 11,200 acres purchased to its south, including Rattlesnake Mountain, became Raging River State Forest.
As working state forests, Tiger Mountain and Raging River are managed by DNR to provide sustainable revenue in support of public servicesTimber production, biomass byproductscommunication tower leases, and other activities by DNR in the forest help fund local services, prisons, universities, and the construction of public K-12 grade schools throughout Washington.
In addition to earning income, these undeveloped working lands provide habitat for native plants and animals, water retention and quality benefits, and diverse recreation opportunities.


Located near Issaquah, Tiger Mountain and Raging River state forests offer a diverse range of recreation opportunities, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hang gliding, and paragliding.

Tiger Mountain and Raging River Tips

  • All Tiger Mountain trailheads are day use only. No campgrounds available. You may not camp outside of a designated campground.
  • Dogs are allowed at Tiger Mountain and Raging River if they are on a leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs if they are controlled by voice command.
  • Tiger Mountain State Forest is within the Snoqualmie Corridor, which is a no-shooting corridor for target shooting. The corridor also includes some of our natural areas.
  • Be alert for other road users, ranging from heavy vehicles to bicycles, and check your speed accordingly.
Recreation alert: The Grand Canyon Trail is temporarily closed due to unsafe trail crossing.
Recreation alert: Logging operations have temporarily closed the East Tiger hiking-only trail.  Planning is underway to re-route some trail segments to more sustainable long-term locations, with an improved route opening in the future. 
Recreation alert: Road work for the Coal Day sale is scheduled to begin on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, and visitors should expect to see heavy equipment and construction activity along forest roads during weekdays. Road work will not require any temporary trail closures and forest management operations are not currently scheduled to begin.


Download a map of DNR-managed lands overlaid with game management units. Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information about hunting regulations in Washington.

Other tips for your visit

Leave No Trace

For your safety and the safety of our wildlife, please follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace. You can brush up on them here. Food and garbage that is left behind or improperly disposed of can attract wildlife and create potentially dangerous situations for visitors. Please pack out all food items and garbage. NEVER feed wildlife.

Recreation Sites

Raging River Trail System
Just off I-90, Raging River is a 17-mile mountain bike-oriented single track trail system with opportunities for hikers. The trails range from easier to difficult and expert-only riding levels, located east of Highway 18 and south of Rattlesnake Mountain, offering expansive mountain views. The trail system is growing and will eventually expand to offer 35+ miles of non-motorized trails. 
Directions: Take I-90 east to exit 27. Turn Right. Travel 0.25 miles and park at the Snoqualmie Point Trailhead.
Tiger Summit
Just off route 18, Tiger Summit offers hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The Tiger Summit Trailhead provides access to a dense trail network provide views of the Tiger Mountain State Forest and the surrounding Snoqualmie Corridor. Find out their allowed uses, below. 
Trail map here (Updated April 2019) 
  • 15 Mile RR Grade: Hike
  • Forest Loop Interpretive Trail: Hike (ADA accessible)
  • Grand Canyon Trail: Hike, horseback ride
  • Hidden Forest Trail: Hike
  • Hobart-Middle Tiger RR Grade Trail: Hike
  • Horse By-Pass: Hike, horseback ride
  • Inside Passage: Mountain bike, hike 
  • Middle Tiger Trail: Hike
  • South Tiger Powerline Trail: Hike, horseback ride
  • South Tiger Traverse: Hike, horseback ride  
  • Predator Trail: Mountain bike only
  • Master Link: Mountain bike, hike 
  • The Legend: Mountain bike only
  • Easy, Tiger: Mountain bike, hike
  • Megafauna: Mountain bike only
  • Crosshaul: Mountain bike, hike
Following trails are subject to seasonal closure:
  • Bail Out: Hike, mountain bike
  • Connector:  Hike, horseback ride, mountain bike
  • East Tiger Summit: Hike, mountain bike
  • Fully Rigid: Hike, mountain bike
  • Iverson Railroad: Hike, horseback ride, mountain bike
  • Joyride: Hike, mountain bike
  • NW Timber Trail: Hike, mountain bike
  • Off-the-Grid: Hike, mountain bike
  • Preston RR Grade: Hike, horseback ride, mountain bike
  • Silent Swamp – Hike, mountain bike
Directions: From Issaquah, go east on I-90 to exit 25. Turn right onto SR-18. Go 4.5 miles to Tiger Summit. Turn right. Take Westside Road left .3 miles to site on right.
Visit West Tiger
The Chirico Trail, One View Trail, Tiger Mountain Trail, Bootleg Trail, Poo Poo Point, and West Tiger No. 1 trail connect hikers and horseback riders from Tiger Mountain State Forest to West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area.

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