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West Tiger Mountain Shuttle Hike

Saturday, April 26th, 11:30 am - 5:00 pm, Apr 26th 2014

Hike to West Tiger 2 and West Tiger 3 summits with transit shuttle; enjoy the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) in the Issaquah Alps.

 Join us for this spring hike on West Tiger Mountain that features a transit shuttle, climbs to both the WT2 and WT3 summits for views, and descends into Issaquah for a possible coffee shop stop before boarding the return bus. Find out the latest on Sierra Club advocacy around transportation and climate. The West Tiger NRCA features lakes, forested wetlands, several creeks, stands of Douglas fir with old growth characteristics, broadleaf trees bursting with new spring foliage, and a talus rock area.

This hike will cover 8.5 miles with about 2400 ft of elevation gain en route.

Meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Issaquah Transit Center on the northwest side of Issaquah. We will board Metro Transit bus #208 departing from Issaquah T.C. at 11:35 a.m. for the short ride to the High Point Way exit and trailhead. You are encouraged to reach the Issaquah T.C. by transit as well, such as riding the Sound Transit express #554 on this schedule:

Downtown Seattle, 2nd Ave & Seneca St.: 10:56 am

5th Ave S. & S. Jackson St.: 11:02 am

Mercer Island P&R: 11:11 am

Eastgate T.C. Fwy Station: 11:16 am

Issaquah Transit Ctr.: 11:25 am

A service reduction in Sound Transit's #554 on weekend mornings has pushed the hike start time later than optimal but still has a convenient connection with the #208. You can tell Sound Transit to adjust the schedule here.

After the twin summits of WT2 and WT3, this hike goes past Tradition Lake to a viewpoint at the edge of the plateau before we descend into Issaquah along E. Sunset Way. Ride the bus back to the Transit Center from Front & Sunset in Issaquah or to your destination. The hike will last until about 5 p.m., depending on pace.

You are responsible for your own bus fare; for details see: King County Metro, and/or Sound Transit.

Be prepared for rain or shine and some muddy footing along the way. Bring a lunch and water to carry with you. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tim Gould.