Guidebook

5 Best Suburban Hikes in Seattle's Issaquah Alps

If you don't have time to venture far from the city, check out one of these five hikes in Seattle's suburbs.

Description

While Seattle is within easy striking distance of epic hikes in both the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains, if you don’t have time to drive far from town you can still access incredible trails with just a few minutes of car time. All five of the hikes included in this guidebook are located within minutes of downtown Seattle, and yet all five are still respectable adventures that will leave you feeling rewarded and accomplished at the end of the day!

The highlands rising above the suburb of Issaquah form the undisputed hotbed for suburban Seattle hiking. Known locally as “the Issaquah Alps,” these foothills “follow Interstate 90 from the shore of Lake Washington almost to the western face of the Cascade Range,” according to Wikipedia.

The Alps are home to “the popular Cougar Mountain and Tiger Mountain trail networks, [which] can see a lot of people,” according to Megan Michelson on Outside Online. You’ll also find the Squak Mountain and Taylor Mountain trail systems in the alps, as well as Rattlensake Ridge, Rattlesnake Mountain, and so much more.

Get started exploring the Issaquah Alps with these five must-do hikes!

Sources:
https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/08/job-ranking-top-cities-population-growth-census-data-us/596485/
https://www.outsideonline.com/2404959/6-great-hikes-do-seattle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issaquah_Alps

West Tiger 3
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

West Tiger 3

Seattle
2 - 3 hrs
8.6 km
589 m
590 m
One of the most popular hikes in Seattle leads to a gorgeous view of the Cascades.
Moderate
Private
Squak Mountain Linkup
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Squak Mountain Linkup

Seattle
3 - 4 hrs
12.8 km
748 m
748 m
A remote-feeling hike just minutes from downtown Seattle.
Difficult
Private
Taylor Mountain Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Taylor Mountain Loop

4 - 5 hrs
17.8 km
588 m
588 m
A mellow loop through a multi-use trail system close to Seattle.
Moderate
Private
Poo Poo Point
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Poo Poo Point

Seattle
3 - 4 hrs
12.4 km
751 m
751 m
This grassy knoll on the shoulder of West Tiger Mountain provides beautiful views of Mt. Rainier and the nearby suburbs.
Moderate
Private
Cougar Mountain Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Cougar Mountain Loop

Seattle
2 - 3 hrs
12.2 km
360 m
360 m
One of the best trail systems near the Seattle suburbs.
Moderate
Private