This afternoon I picked myself up from the couch and climbed West Tiger Mountain #3 & #2. The thick cloud layer precluded climbs deeper in the mountains. I have probably climbed West Tiger #3 a half dozen times in my life, but have never ventured further (and there is over 80 miles of trail further!). I found out at the trailhead (520 ft elevation) that #1 (2,948 ft) was well within reach, but the point was the workout and not tagging a bunch of walk-up summits (I’ll run up it soon enough :).
Anyways, I jogged/walked up the 2.5 miles to West Tiger #3 (2,522 ft) in 30 minutes and then continued on to #2 (2,757 ft) by first descending and then ascending. I made a small loop back to #3 summit and then descended to Tradition Plateau where I added on 1.5 miles of flatter terrain. Total time of activity was 1 hour, 15 minutes and about 2,500 ft of total elevation gain.
Tiger Mountain has a plethora of possibilities for trail running. In my days of track and cross country I stayed away from consistent hill climbing, but now that I am getting into trail and mountain running, Tiger Mountain has become very appealing for workouts, especially on cloudy days or early season. One thing I found interesting was how the trails became quite primitive once I left West Tiger #3. I surmise that most people were like me, only climbing West Tiger #3. That was me then, now I will definitely return to explore the miles of trails so close to home – a 20 minute drive.
I got a good workout on Tiger, but shifted gears to weight lifting at Klahanie gym immediately afterwards. I worked back muscles today (relatively lightly with many reps) for about 50 minutes and then came home. We had some delicious wild sockeye salmon courtesy of Costco for dinner.