Seattle’s most accessible and manicured mountain trail is also the state’s busiest, home to the spandex set and dads with kid carriers. But the trail is wide and its travelers respectful of the woodland’s tranquility (the same can’t be said for all those jackhammering, black-backed woodpeckers). Plus, West Tiger 3—the lowest of three peaks on the west side of Tiger Mountain—boasts the best views and the most gradual elevation change. Follow the gently sloping trail as it switchbacks uphill for a 2,000-foot gain, with steeper grades near the top. Muscles burning? Relax at the summit with your new hiking pals, as you peer over the tree line at Mount Rainier, the Cascades—or paragliders hanging out in between.
Distance from Downtown 20 miles
Permits and Passes None
Map Green Trails No. 204S Tiger Mountain