– Ben Martens

Cable Line Trail

I’m going to be making an attempt to make it up to Camp Muir on Mt. Rainier (elevation 10,000 feet) so I feel the need to get some training hikes in. Last Monday, AndyM and I hiked up the cable line trail on Tiger Mountain. It’s not really an established trail but rather a trail cut for a cable and it runs almost straight up the mountain for 2040 vertical feet. The normal trail takes 3.1 miles to get there but the cable line trail gets to the top in just 1.5 miles.

Andy had to wait for me to take a break quite a few times, but we made it to the top in 65 minutes. On the way down we hiked the normal 3.1 mile trail and it took us exactly 65 minutes. Strange.

It was pretty tough going, but I’m looking forward to doing it again. A guy at work says he can do it in 40 minutes with a full pack. I think I have some work to do to get to that point.

Here are two views of our route. In the first one, north is up and the cable line trail is the one on the right side of the image. The second image is a 3D view looking south.