Tiger Mountain
Department of Natural Resources
Sun, Mar 31, 2013
8:30AM - 3:30PM

Fall Color on Tiger Mountain by Robert Jones
Thanks for volunteering for this work party! All our work parties have three rules: safety first, fun second and work third. The work can be hard so we encourage everyone to work at his or her own pace. If you have any questions please call our office at 206/625-1367. We want you to have a good time and experience first hand what it takes to keep trails in good shape. If you have questions about what we're doing during the work party, about trails in general or about specific trails, please ask your crew leaders. Let us know how you found out about the work party, and anything we can do to make it more fun. We want you to come back!

Trail Facts: Tiger Mountain could be the most heavily trod upon 3,000 foot hill in the U.S., since it is open to hikers, horses, and dogs, with mountain bikes allowed on some trails. This has been a popular wooded peak, as it is set in Issaquah's backyard. In 1980, the land was designated a state forest and the trails have thrived. About 60 miles of trails web the hill, making loops ranging from a mile to a dozen miles, and the upper trails provide some excellent views of Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound lowlands. This trail network is open all year around, and it's not unusual to see 200 cars at the High Point Exit during a summer day.

Directions: We will be meeting at the High Point Exit off of I-90 eastbound. From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 20 (High Point). At the end of the off ramp turn right. Within a few yards you will see a gated road on your left. Unless the gate is opened, we will be meeting there. While there may not be sufficient parking at this location, there will be along the road. (Driving time from Seattle: approximately 30 minutes.)

We want this to be a rewarding and fun event, so please read the following information carefully.

All volunteers MUST be wearing:
  • Work gloves
  • Long pants
  • Adequate boots for foot protection
  • A day pack to carry your personal gear
In addition, we RECOMMEND:
  • Eye protection (such as glasses, sunglasses, or safety glasses)
  • Long-sleeved shirt
Please BRING:
  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Rain gear / Cold-weather gear

We cannot allow anyone to work in sneakers or shorts. You will be turned away if you do not have the required work gear. All volunteers will also be required to wear a hard-hat (provided by WTA) while working. Volunteers are not allowed to bring firearms and weapons on a work party.

More information:

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions prior to attending this work party.

If you are under 18, you must have a Signed Parental Consent form with you. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Day on Trail

WTA crew leaders will meet you at the above-stated start time. We hope by investing our time in teaching you trail maintenance you'll come back and join us again. Our work party rules are followed in this order: 1) Be Safe! 2) Have fun! 3) Get some work done! -- and are outlined below in more detail:


The emphasis is always safety first. Upon arrival, you will sign a WTA liability release. The crew leaders will give a safety talk and discuss specific plans for the day. Please be on time, as we can allow you to work only after you have heard our entire safety briefing, signed in, and have the appropriate work gear.


Second only to safety, WTA wants your time on trail to be enjoyable. Our crew leaders are there to facilitate your fun - so if you aren't having fun, please let them know! At the end of the day we will take pride in our accomplishments as we return to the trailhead. We will have refreshments and light snacks while preparing for the trip home. To read about the other fun perks and incentives of volunteering, please go here.


In addition to the safety talk, WTA will provide the necessary tools, hard hats, and training to get the job done. We'll head up the trail promptly after the safety talk and crew leaders will acquaint you with the tasks at hand. Volunteers are urged throughout the day to take breaks whenever they want. We generally stop for a 30-minute lunch around noon. At the end of the day we'll collect the tools, head back down to the trailhead and have a wrap-up of the day's work. Every effort is made to ensure that all volunteers can depart from the trailhead at the designated end time, generally no later than 3:30pm on a day trip.

Questions? Please call us at 206/625-1367 if you have any questions!

Thanks again for signing up. We're looking forward to seeing you out on the trail!