Tiger Mountain-January 2008

April 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm 3 comments

A chilly January morning seemed like the perfect time for a hike in the Cascade foothills East of Seattle. Some of the current and future Navy and Marine Corps Officers that I work with were talking about a trip to Tiger Mountain and I said count me in. They kept referring to it as a “Hump” rather than a “Hike”. I finally broke down and asked for clarification on what distinguishes a hump from a hike. They told me the main difference is the amount of weight you load into your pack. I’m not talking necessary hiking gear, I’m talking weight to enhance the workout. That said, most of the group loaded up with 30-40 extra pounds to make sure the beautiful climb wasn’t a missed opportunity for a workout. A few of my fellow hikers opted for “dynamic” loads in the form of twin 3 year olds vice the standard sand bags. http://www.flickr.com/photos/summitcheese/sets/72157604442568768/

We stormed a popular fast food restaurant for about a dozen sausage biscuits with cheese and drove East and found the trail head at 502 ft elevation and began the roughly 5 mile round trip to the 2522ft summit of West Tiger Mountain. The 2000 ft elevation change came as we transitioned from frozen ground to icy trail to packed snow. Most of the journey is through fairly dense forest but there are a couple of view point along the way. Views from the top are spectacular and they come with the added benefit of some very friendly Gray Jays.

Once at the summit, we consumed our breakfast sandwiches, that remarkably were still warm.

We made quick time descending the mountain (again, I believe to never pass up an opportunity to work those legs) and headed back to the city.

I plan to drag Wimpy up there the next time he makes it out to Washington.

Summits: 1, West Tiger #3, Elevation 2522

Summiteers: Mark (SafetyMan), Tim (Eddie) and Morgan (Wiggs)


Entry filed under: Washington Summits.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. summitcheese  |  April 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Hey Mark,

    Nice job – I prefer making a hike harder by covering more ground (or trees and brush) rather than carrying more sand. Anyways, I see 6 Cheeseburgers on one of the photos; don’t the other folks want to join our epic quest?


  • 2. summitcheese  |  April 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Question. Is this it?


    the management

  • 3. summitcheese  |  April 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    looks good


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