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A Snowy Sunday Along The Issaquah Alps

We woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning, which was a neat treat after the very cold and dry weather we have been having.

My friend Trailhead showed up so I had no excuse to stay in the house…..we decided to do a hike pretty close, since we didn’t know how the roads would be. The main highway was clear so we headed up Hwy 18 to Tiger Summit, on the backside of Tiger Mountain (part of The Issaquah Alps). We were the first car there – this trailhead is not a popular ‘hiking destination’ rather it is where the mtn bikers head. That pesky snow and an early start left a winter wonderland to us though. Ha!

It wasn’t trail walking though, the few trails on this side of the mountain are closed to all users for the winter (to avoid trail damage) but the roads are plenty back there. They are gated so it is quite walking. Most hikers on Tiger are on the sides facing the city of Issaquah and I-90, where the trails are so many, one has almost too many choices.

In the woods it was quiet and the wind barely moving. The ponds and lakes were frozen:


Walking up the road to where we intersected with The Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) which Trailhead has agreed we will make a day of once spring comes (16 miles one way).


We saw lots of prints in the snow – fox and rabbits aplenty. And just that quiet peacefulness that snow gives. I am glad I didn’t stay in bed 🙂


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