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Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Issaquah Alps

Location

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
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Length

3.8 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1760 ft.
Highest Point: 1850 ft.

Rating

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WTA worked here: 2016
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Poo Poo Point is a small knoll on a shoulder of West Tiger Mountain. The folksy name is a reference to the steam whistle sounds heard throughout the Tigers in the early days of logging. More recently, around the 1970s, the area around Poo Poo Point was logged by its then owners, Weyerhaeuser Corporation. The result is a large clear area used now as a launching pad by paragliders who generally backpack their lightweight gear up the Chirico Trail, or sometimes arrive by minibus.

From the parking lot, take the obvious trail across the landing field. Be alert for any paragliders who might be coasting in quietly to land. At the eastern edge of the field enter Tiger Mountain State Forest and find yourself on the Chirico Trail.

The first part of the trail, with its steep, forested hillside and many stone steps is very picturesque. If it strikes you as akin to stepping into a classical Chinese landscape painting, you are not alone. Appreciate the magic. This steep face of Poo Poo Point is known as the Yah-er Wall. As you continue a steep traverse across the Wall the trees become smaller and more spaced out, and the hillside-but not the trail-becomes less steep.

Farther along, impatient hikers have, over the years, cut some of the corners. To minimize erosion please try to follow the official trail.

Continue hiking in regenerated forest and, at about 1.6 miles, come to the South Launch Viewpoint. This open area sometimes is used by paragliders, and it is a good place for a short break while you enjoy the unobstructed view of Mount Rainier, clouds permitting.

Then continue on another quarter mile, gaining 140 feet, and reach Poo Poo Point and its North Launch Viewpoint.

The gravel road you see arriving at the Point is the West Side Road, one of several non-public service roads that begin at the Tiger Summit on Highway 18.

The Point is a great spot to sit, have a snack and enjoy the view northwest across Issaquah and Lake Sammamish toward Bellevue's downtown. To the west are Squak and Cougar Mountains, with a hint of Seattle's tallest buildings showing beyond. On a clear day, more distant mountains may be visible. If your timing is right you can enjoy watching paragliders launch from the steep northwestern face into the sky .

There are two picnic tables at the Point, and there is a Clivus toilet. There is no regular water source.

 

Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5000, -122.0219 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region (Nelson -- Mountaineers Books)

Winter Walks & Hikes Puget Sound (Manning -- Mountaineers Books)

Take the Trailhead Direct bus to this trailhead

Download a map to plan your hike

Buy the Green TrailsTiger Mountain No. 204S map

Getting There

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From I-90 in Issaquah take Exit 17 (Front Street) and head south on Front Street through the old part of town. At the south end of town, Front Street changes names to Issaquah Hobart Road.3.1 miles from I-90, turn into the large graveled parking area on the left adjacent to the paraglider landing field. In 2014, a center turn lane was added to the road making turns much easier. Portable toilets may be available at the south end of the parking area. There is no regular source of water here. This side of the field is King County land, and it is not necessary to display a Discover Pass. There is no posted time limit.

Take Transit

Take the bus to the trailhead!

Seasonally, Trailhead Direct is providing transit service from the Seattle area to popular trails in the area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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