Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain is one of our main Rental Delivery spots with some of the easiest access from the metropolitan Seattle area. As one of the most popular mountain biking trail systems around, Tiger Mountain features a newly built climbing trail that takes you the majority of the way up, vistas of the iconic Mt. Rainier at the summit, and an ever-expanding network of trails that will be sure to peak everyone’s adrenaline, regardless of skill level. When asked about trail recommendations on Tiger, we recommend following this simple progression below:

What to ride

NW Timber (Blue Square Smooth Traverse Trail): This 2-mile trail, rated as a beginner/green trail, is a great start for anyone newer to riding or to the area. All trails except Predator and Iverson will eventually end up on this trail, never gaining much elevation climbing-wise regardless of the direction traveled. Also connects easily to Legend, Easy Tiger, and Megafauna for short, time-crunched laps. This Trail is mainly used to traverse from previous downhill sections. 2.1 Miles

Masterlink (Green Circle Climb Trail): This one way climbing trail taking you nearly to the summit features a relatively steady grade, taking most people 45min to an hour to climb. Void of many technical features, it allows you the opportunity to take in the beautiful green forest as you spin to the top. This is your typical PNW forest view trail that will leave you amazed. 2.7 Miles

Inside Passage (Blue Square Smooth Flow Trail): Mid-way up Masterlink this fast, flowy, and mainly downhill trail will connect you to the east side trails of Tiger. Making for a shorter alternative to climbing all the way to the summit and an easier descent than most of the trails off of the top. 1.5 Miles

Joyride (Blue Square Natural Flow Trail): Joyride offers a nice mixture of flowy, technical, and fast terrain with an old school design. Good for descending, this is a mandatory trail when OTG, Preston, or Inside passage are ridden. 0.9 Miles

Legend (Black Diamond, Technical Flow Trail): A fast, raw, black diamond trail with a few optional drops and steep sections, this is a great introduction to more advanced riding, without the commitment of going all the way to the summit. 0.6 Miles

OTG (Rolling, Rocky Flow Trail): This is Tiger’s most popular descending trail and rated as a black diamond. Starting nearly from all the way to the top, it’s mostly descending, flowy, but also has its share of technical root and rock garden sections and is broken up by a punchy uphill section about a 1/3 of the way down. Will take you directly to the top of Fully Rigid, which will then connect you to the eastside trails, Joyride and Silent Swamp. The rock and root sections can be very greasy when wet, so take caution. 1.9 Miles

Predator (Steep, Raw Downhill Trail): The fastest way down the mountain, Predator is a true double-black diamond trail full of drops, jumps, large roots and rocks, and mandatory steep sections, and is for experts only. Everyone including the most experienced should take caution the first time down. 1.6 Miles

Important Reminders:
Weather:

Snow can be low enough to cover all the trails all the way down to the parking lots during winter, and may be present until late spring. Rain is also an ever-present factor, so be sure to check the weather and it’s never a bad idea to pack a jacket just in case. Ask a Compass employee or refer to Trailforks.com / Trailforks app for up-to-date trail conditions.

Trail Ratings:

While most trails are rated along a similar scale, most of the trails in the Pacific Northwest can be considerably more challenging than the ratings of your trails at home. The added challenges of roots, rocks, steep terrain, and the wet climate will be sure to challenge even the most experienced riders.

Water:

There is no water available at Tiger Mtn, so be sure to pack plenty of your own.

Snacks:

Majority of the trails on Tiger Mtn are one direction only and will usually take some time to complete. So be sure to bring along plenty of snacks to keep your energy high and those legs moving.

Disclaimer:

This progression is simply a guide, and you are responsible to ride at your own ability and judge from your comfort for each and every aspect of the terrain. No matter how aware and careful you are riding, there is always the chance of injury when mountain biking.

TigerMap_interactive

Tiger Mountain Interactive Map

Tiger Mountain Map [PDF]