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A quick morning trip up to West Tiger 2 and 3 but this time going via the Tiger Mountain trail from the main lot.
Arriving at Tradition Lake parking lot for Tiger mountain.
Arriving at Tradition Lake parking lot for Tiger mountain.

I walked through the usual wooden gate but this time too the left fork for the Tiger Mountain trail.

Taking the Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) up to West Tiger 2.
Taking the Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) up to West Tiger 2.

The trail meanders off to the east before climbing up a series of switchbacks.

Tiger Mountain trail.
Tiger Mountain trail.
Tiber Mountain trail crosses the cable line trail.
Tiber Mountain trail crosses the cable line trail.
Bridge on Tiger Mountain trail.
Bridge on Tiger Mountain trail.
Creek passing under bridge on Tiger Mountain trail.
Creek passing under bridge on Tiger Mountain trail.

It eases a bit as you pass Anschell's Alley which for all intents and purposes is a sign on a tree. I'm sure there is a meaning in there somewhere.

Anschell's Alley on Tiger Mountain trail.
Anschell's Alley on Tiger Mountain trail.
Tiger Mountain trail.
Tiger Mountain trail.

After a couple more bridges you reach a junction with the K3 trail which is fairly obvious as a junction but is marked just by a sign indicating where to continue to the Tiger Mountain trail.

Start of K3 trail from Tiger Mountain trail.
Start of K3 trail from Tiger Mountain trail.

The way steepens as you go straight up the ridge with small switchbacks. You cross the RR grade trail.

K3 trail crosses RR grade trail.
K3 trail crosses RR grade trail.

The climb continues. I started seeing snow/ice pellet dustings around and small ice balls maybe the size of a pinhead started falling.

Snow/ice dusting off K3 trail.
Snow/ice dusting off K3 trail.
Snow/ice dusting off K3 trail.
Snow/ice dusting off K3 trail.

The K3 trail ends and basically you join back up with the Tiger Mountain trail.

K3 trail joins upper Tiger Mountain trail.
K3 trail joins upper Tiger Mountain trail.

In short order Tom's Crossing is reached and it's a short .2 miles to the West Tiger 2 towers.

Toms Crossing on Tiger Mountain trail.
Toms Crossing on Tiger Mountain trail.
Snow/ice dusting on upper trail to West Tiger 2.
Snow/ice dusting on upper trail to West Tiger 2.

You approach the towers from the back side.

First sight of West Tiger 2 towers.
First sight of West Tiger 2 towers.

I saw my first people sitting in the tower area.
No views today.

West Tiger 2 towers.
West Tiger 2 towers.
View from West Tiger 2 summit area.
View from West Tiger 2 summit area.

The road heading to West Tiger 1 looked clear of any snow/ice. I continued down the Seattle View trail segment to get back towards the Tiger Mountain trail and they the connector to West Tiger 3.

View from West Tiger 2 summit area.
View from West Tiger 2 summit area.
Lower West Tiger 2 trail (Upper Seattle View trail.) off of TMT.
Lower West Tiger 2 trail (Upper Seattle View trail.) off of TMT.
Dusting between West Tiger 2 and West Tiger 3.
Dusting between West Tiger 2 and West Tiger 3.

On the West Tiger 3 summit I saw one guy just starting down but it was empty otherwise. A couple of pictures for posterity and I was heading down. Still some light ice pellets falling here and there.

West Tiger 3 snowless summit.
West Tiger 3 snowless summit.
View of West Tiger 2 from West Tiger 3.
View of West Tiger 2 from West Tiger 3.
West Tiger 3 summit.
West Tiger 3 summit.

No snow on trail and no views either at the stairs.

Stairs below West Tiger 3 summit.
Stairs below West Tiger 3 summit.
View from stairs area on West Tiger 3 trail.
View from stairs area on West Tiger 3 trail.
View from stairs area on West Tiger 3 trail.
View from stairs area on West Tiger 3 trail.

The traffic increases somewhat on the way down but no mobs. The ice pellets continued to fall occasionally.

Back to RR trail junction on West Tiger 3 trail.
Back to RR trail junction on West Tiger 3 trail.
Talus junction on West Tiger 3 trail.
Talus junction on West Tiger 3 trail.

Maybe 1/4 mile from the wooden gate the skies decoded to open up and it started a rain mixed with snow affair. Must have hit one of those Tiger convergence zones.

Flat trail near parking lot. Now it is raining pretty good.
Flat trail near parking lot. Now it is raining pretty good.

I dumped stuff in the car then headed over to the shelter to changes shoes etc before heading out.

Back to parking lot with a pretty good downpour of rain and wet snow.
Back to parking lot with a pretty good downpour of rain and wet snow.

As would be typical as soon as I got back on the freeway and took exit 20 the rain/slush pretty much stopped.

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