The Washington Trails Association description, for our previous West Tiger loop hike, mentioned that the lower portion of the Hidden Forest trail went through a more interesting part of the forest. So we hiked the lower portion of the Hidden Forest trail and made a counterclockwise loop around the Fifteenmile Creek "Grand Canyon". It is a nice loop hike but misses out on the picturesque trail that follows Fifteenmile Creek and does not offer any panoramic views. This loop also involves about a mile of road walking at each end. The road isn't open to the public, the only wheeled vehicles we came across were two mountain bikes and a baby stroller. Next time we'll head up the Grand Canyon trail and enjoy the views along the creek. This is a short trail but at least one trip report mentioned a boot path that continued up the creek.
Google Maps link
The original plan was to hike South Tiger, but with all these horse trailers at the trailhead, it didn't seem like a good idea.
This is a recently added access road that parallels a trail that goes from Tiger Mountain Road to the road in the park. There is plenty of room to park several cars without blocking the gate but no parking signs are placed everywhere. You have to park your car in the ditch on Tiger Mountain Road. There is only room for two or three cars before you hit the no parking signs on the road.
The boring part of Fifteenmile Creek. As a side note, Fifteenmile Creek is less than six miles long according to the map.
On the road
The start of the Hidden Forest trail.
Blue likes the new bridge.
Dieter Spring, I wonder who Dieter was?
The unofficial connector trail from Tiger Mountain Trail to Hobart-Middle Tiger RR Grade trail is over grown and muddy but is only about a quarter of a mile long. It allows for a couple of loops from different trails
The Hobart-Middle Tiger RR Grade trail