May 12, 2023 at 6:00 AM

Tiger Claw

26415 SE 79th St

Issaquah WA, 98027


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Entry Fee $115
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $155
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: yes


  • 25M
  • 50M

Type: Ultra

Participant Limit: 250

Starting Elevation: 800

High Point: 3000

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 100%

First Year of the Event: 2019



It is with heavy heart that we are forced to postpone Tiger Claw 2020. We just received word that local permitting agencies will be withdrawing permits through the end of April and while this does not directly affect Tiger Claw’s permit for May 2nd, through an abundance of caution and with the health of our runners, their families and our community in mind, we feel it is the correct decision to postpone Tiger Claw to a later date in 2020.

To our registered runners and waitlist, our team will be meeting in the coming days to finalize a creative plan that includes the postponement option (the date of which will require some additional time and coordination on our end) and a 50% refund option. We will be emailing all that information and instructions to everyone. In the meantime, sit tight. No immediate action is required – we just wanted to get this word out as quickly as possible.

The Tiger Claw Double is new for 2022. This race option is an extremely tough 50 mile adventure that completes the Tiger Claw course TWICE, once in each direction. Runners will first start with the traditional Green warm-up loop and have the option to complete all the Tiger Claw loops in the order of their choosing in the normal direction. Once complete with all loops (and thus having completed 1 full Tiger Claw distance), runners will then run all of the loops in the opposite direction in the order of their choosing. When all loops have been completed for the second time in the opposite direction, the runner will have completed the Tiger Claw Double – 50 miles with over 15,000ft of vert!

We will also be in contact with all of our vendors, sponsors and permitting agencies to make sure we can find another date in 2020 that we can give you the amazing race experience we’ve been working so hard on up to this point. Please be patient, we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

Tiger Mountain, the biggest of the Issy Alps, has long been the training ground to some of trail running’s greatest runners. Technical trails, relentless climbs and quad-blowing descents make for perfect training and trail fun. Never has a race like this existed in the issy alps – until now. This is your chance to explore some of the toughest grinds under the lush canopy of pine and moss. Tiger Claw is a unique challenge consisting of three of the most difficult ascents of tiger mountain’s west peaks. The best part, you choose the order in which you ascend! to earn an official tiger claw finisher, you must complete all three loops within the 9 hour time cutoff. Do you have what it takes to tame the tiger?

Runners will start just off the High Point Way parking lot on the Puget Power Road. To give everyone’s legs a chance to warm up, you’ll run about a half mile along this wide, gravel road before making a sharp left onto the Around The Lake Trail which snakes its way back east towards where you started. When you hit the T-junction into the High Point Way trail, you’ll make a sharp right. Just ahead is where you’ll make your first choice. Below you’ll find descriptions of each of the three loops. Each loop will climb to the upper Aid Station on the summit of West Tiger #2. From there, you’ll use the connector trail to the summit of West Tiger #3 and descend via the West Tiger #3 trail back to the start/finish where you’ll either check-in and head back out to finish the remaining loop(s) or – once all three are complete – you’ll cross the finish line just ahead.

Tiger Claw also utilizes a unique timing system that requires runners to keep a timing chip with them at all times to scan at various check-points. Don’t lose your booper or you risk disqualification!



Past Event Dates

Held on May 12, 2023

Held on May 14, 2022

Held on Oct 02, 2021

Held on May 02, 2020

Held on May 04, 2019

Event Results

View 2019 Results