The state Department of Natural Resources has opened the new East Tiger Summit Mountain Bike Trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest .
The 1.4-mile trail is the first new mountain bike trail built on Tiger Mountain in 20 years. The department partnered with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on the project. The trail was built by agency, alliance and Washington Conservation Corps crews, and volunteers who spent hundreds of hours to support the project.
The trail is scheduled to close for the season on Oct. 15. The actual closing could be adjusted based on trail conditions. The Tiger Summit Trailhead is at the summit of state Route 18.
The department used two Recreation and Conservation Office grants to build the trail. The grants are to be used to build sustainable mountain bike trails on east Tiger Mountain that connect existing trails.
In the meantime, volunteers are invited to help build two additional trails in the area.
Trail project 1: Silent Swamp Trail re-route and extension. The approximately 2.5-mile trail will provide a safe alternative to riding the forest roads from the bottom of Preston RR Grade Trail to Northwest Timber Trail. Two 75-foot trail bridges will be installed.
Trail project 2: New trail connection from East Tiger Summit Trail to Silent Swamp Trail re-route. The approximately 2.4 mile-trail will provide a connection from East Tiger Summit Trail to the southernmost bridge onto the Silent Swamp Trail re-route.
Volunteer events are planned weekly through September. For more information, go to the department’s volunteer calendar at dnr.wa.gov/volunteer. You also can register to take part on the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance website at evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar_view.php.