Looking west from the summit of Tiger Mountain, Sunday May 23, 2010 at 6pm

A long hike, well worth it

I'm not a hiker. When I was asked if I wanted to hike up Tiger Mountain, just east of Issaquah, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

It was a very tough hike and took more than three hours to reach the summit, but when we got there, we were rewarded for our efforts.

The view was absolutely stunning. When we decided to rest and east some food before heading back down, we noticed that some birds were very interested in what we were doing. I took a small piece of a granola bar and put it in the palm of my hand and held my arm out. To my surprise one of the birds immediately flew down from the tree behind us and landed on the tip of my finger and proceeded to eat the granola out of the palm of my hand. This happened two more times.

I've never been much of an outdoorsman, but this was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. While every muscle in my body is sore, and I was sure that I would have a heart attack on multiple occasions during the hike... it was so worth it.

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nikki says ... on Wednesday, May 26 at 9:47 AM

it's actually called a grey jay

Tim says ... on Monday, May 24 at 9:18 AM

The bird is a Canadian Jay. It is also known as a Camp Robber as they are very aggressive pan handlers. They will take food out of your hand whether offered or not. Shouldn't encourage them, but it is fun to have a wild critter sitting on your hand.

Wilbur says ... on Monday, May 24 at 8:49 AM

Glad to hear you had a good experience. Head on out to REI and grab a 100 hikes books. There are more wonderful hiking areas even within an hour of Seattle. Happy trails.

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