Tiger Mountain State Forest
The 13,745-acre Tiger Mountain State Forest, including the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area, is one of DNR's most well known forests. As a working forest, Tiger Mountain State Forest is managed by DNR to provide sustainable revenue in support of public services.
Timber production, biomass byproducts, communication 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, Tiger Mountain’s undeveloped working lands provide habitat for native plants and animals, water retention and quality benefits, and diverse recreation opportunities.
When working or visiting Tiger Mountain State Forest, always remember to:
- Be alert for other road users, ranging from heavy vehicles to bicycles, and check your speed accordingly.
- Know the fire risk and of any burn bans or Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) restrictions before entering.
Those interested in learning about planned forest activities in Tiger Mountain or nearby may use our Habitat Conservation Plan, recreation planning, Forest Practices Application Review System (FPARS), and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) web pages to find out about proposed and authorized timber harvests, thinning projects, road projects, planning efforts, and other activities.
Located near Issaquah, Tiger Mountain State Forest offers a diverse range of recreation opportunities, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hang gliding, and paragliding.
To access recreation sites on DNR-managed land with your vehicle, you'll need a Discover Pass, your ticket to Washington's great outdoors.
All Tiger Mountain trailheads are day use only. No campgrounds available. You may not camp outside of a designated campground.
Dogs allowed on leash. Horseback riders may bring unleashed dogs controlled by voice command.
You'll also find low-impact recreation opportunities in the nearby West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area, Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area, Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, and the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area. Use our statewide interactive recreation map to find recreation opportunities near you.
Expect heavy truck traffic on Main Tiger Mountain Road (#4000) on weekdays. Recommend using Master Link or NW Timber trails to avoid road climb.
Active logging operations have temporarily closed the East Tiger hiking-only trail. Crews will reopen the trail when logging operations cease and re-route some trail segments to more sustainable long-term locations, with an improved route slated to open by spring or summer 2018. In addition, logging operations will require a roughly 1-week temporary closure of the Preston Railroad Grade mountain bike trail near the bottom of the East Summit mountain biking trail junction, beginning Jan. 3, 2018.
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 August 2017)
- 15 Mile RR Grade: Hike
- East Tiger Trail: 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
- New! 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
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, horseback ride, 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.