2 miles
583 ft
-520 ft
Avg time

NorthWest Timber Details

  • Riding area
    Tiger Mountain
    Issaquah, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Open all year now!
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Drop, Rock Garden
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    WA DNR

NTT is the main access trail for the other lower Tiger Mountain trails, as well as the exit trail for many of the other trails. Because of proximity to the parking lot, it gets a lot of hikers and dog walkers, so be alert and friendly.

Despite a Blue rating, much of it is Green, with most of the Blue sections easily walked by newer riders. The Blue intermediate-level features include a nice rock garden 1/4 of the way in that is tough to clean in the uphill direction when wet, and a short-but-steep switchbacking climb. There is one feature, which is a dark blue bordering on bluish black, and is considered the crux of the trail, a large off-camber rootball drop with a cliff on the South side of the trail as you ride over it. This is an intimidating feature for a rider expecting "intermediate" level features, but looks worse than it is. Pretty soon you will be riding it clean in the downhill (West back to the parking lot) direction. The line closest to the cliff edge is the easiest- just look forward and keep going, and it works out fine. If you can ride the rootball cleanly in the uphill direction (heading East to Joy Ride trail), consider yourself a strong tech rider, as this is something to brag about!

Local Trail Association
More Stats for NorthWest Timber mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    63 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,364 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,541 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,384 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,446 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,975 ft
  • Distance down
    3,483 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,425 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Mar 16, 2018
Avg: 3 (24 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to northwest-timber-17833 trailhead (47.484680, -121.907170)
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NorthWest Timber Trail Reports

Mar 16, 2018 @ 11:31am
Mar 16, 2018
Dry and in good condition.
Mar 12, 2018 @ 8:23pm
Mar 12, 2018
Dry and in good condition.
Feb 18, 2018 @ 6:16pm
Feb 18, 2018
Lots of mud and wet but rideable
Feb 11, 2018 @ 11:24am
Feb 11, 2018
Dec 27, 2017 @ 4:58pm
Dec 27, 2017
It's snow covered for the most part
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Sep 27, 2017 @ 4:38pm
Sep 27, 2017
NorthWest Timber, My City
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Jul 23, 2017 @ 9:07pm
Jul 23, 2017
NorthWest Timber, Seattle
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Dec 24, 2016 @ 6:54pm
Dec 24, 2016
| 2 comments NorthWest Timber, Seattle
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Jan 28, 2016 @ 7:38pm
Jan 28, 2016
NorthWest Timber, Seattle

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag nsteele (Dec 23, 2014 at 22:30)
 A pleasant XC ride that is a main link to the rest of the East Tiger trail system. If doing a shorter loop, then NTT will be your entrance and your exit. If doing a longer day by riding up the fire road to the East Summit, then NTT is your exit trail back to the parking lot.

Overall, NTT is rated Green, but it still has a few sections that will challenge novice riders. I've yet to see anyone successfully ride the big root ball in the uphill (East) direction. And same root ball in the downhill (West) direction back to parking lot is definitely a Blue trail feature. Roll it or drop it, and don't look down to your left! Also, the rock garden near the West end of the trail is more challenging riding uphill (heading West).

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