Our first foray into non-regulated camping was our stay at Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah, WA. The park is a popular spot for Seattleites to hike and mountain bike so it has some nice big parking lots just off I90. We pulled in around 8pm, set to work fixing my broken bike chain, and were tucked snugly in bed by 10:30.
I was worried that a ranger might come tell us to move along, but nobody bothered us. A few cars drove up in the night, but all ended up leaving. Will and I had a funny realization that while other people might be creeping us out, this big bus was probably REALLY creeping them out! It’s a nice safety blanket, knowing that all people know about us is the semi-sketchy looking bus exterior. We woke up refreshed and ready for a new day. Will hit the mountain bike trails, getting a great ride in before the morning crowds arrived. I hung back at the bus with Hildebear, fielding questions from other curious bikers. After Will got back we took Hilde on a quick 3 mile tour of the park. I can see why it’s a popular destination… the forest is gorgeous! I kept feeling like I was in the aviary at the San Diego Zoo, with the misty air, singing birds, and ferny undergrowth.
If you’re passing through I90 and want to get out and stretch your legs, Tiger Mountain is a fantastic spot to do so!