Tiger mountain in Issaquah area is a maze of trails, one of the most challenging ones is cable line hike to Tiger summit #2.
Tiger Mountain Summit West #2 via Cable Line
Location: Issaquah Alps I-90’s Exit 20
Roundtrip: 4.75 miles (1.75 miles up and 3 miles down via gentler route)
Elevation Gain: 2042 ft
Highest Point: 2522 ft
Time: 3.25 hours
This hike is HARD, word written in bold says it all. This is not a official WTA hiking path but a path formed of buried cable line that provides power to cell towers on top of tiger mountain.
Take Exit 20 on I-90, turn right and then first left, park outside the gate. Hike starts from any of the unmarked paths that lead up from here. We started from path which opens up just before the gate, it starts straight up. There’s a break in path to cross flat part where power lines cross, continue crossing under the power lines. There’ll be many hikers (mostly in great shape of their life, which makes me wonder many times – what am I doing here?)
Huffing and puffing for an hour and 30 minutes, I reached the summit. Took in views of tiger surroundings and headed back via regular gentler TMT trail.