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Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Tiger Mountain State Forest

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

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  • Looking up at Poo Poo Point ridge from The Chirico Trailhead.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • The Chirico Trail.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) on The Chirico Trail.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • The Chirico Trail.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • The Chirico Trail.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Herb Robert geranium (Robertianum).- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • View south from the lower viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • View south from the lower viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium).- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Approaching the Poo Poo Point South Launch Viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Poo Poo Point South Launch Viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • The Chirico Trail.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • The Chirico Trail.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Approaching the Poo Poo Point North Launch Viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Poo Poo Point North Launch Viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Poo Poo Point North Launch Viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Poo Poo Point North Launch Viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
  • Lake Sammamash from the Poo Poo Point North Launch Viewpoint.- Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
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Pros: 
Panoramic views from Poo Poo Point. Easy access from Seattle. Paragliding launch point.
Cons: 
Steep and constant elevation gain. Heavily used trail.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,720.00 ft (524.26 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
130.00 ft (39.62 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located in Tiger Mountain State Forest just south of Issaquah, the route that follows the Chirico Trail up to Poo Poo Point is one of the Seattle area's most popular, rewarding, and strenuous hikes.

At just under 4 miles in total length, the hike is virtually a constant climb. The trail ascends 1,700 feet in total as it winds through a second and third-growth conifer forest up to the classic North and South Viewpoint of Poo Poo Point. On clear days, expansive views of Mount Rainier open up from the South Viewpoint, and from the North Viewpoint the entire Seattle metro area comes into view, including Squak Mountain, Issaquah, Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. On the clearest of days, even Mount Baker can be seen. Perhaps most notably, Poo Poo Point is the most popular paragliding launch point in the region, and on any given weekend countless thrill seekers take a running start to hurl themselves off the 1,830-foot high point with brightly colored parachutes to bring them down to a safe landing.

The Chirico Trail is also the shorter and steeper alternate to the Poo Poo Point Trail, which also climbs up Tiger Mountain to reach Poo Poo Point. The Poo Poo Point Trail departs from Issaquah High School and follows a series of forest roads for 3.7 miles (one-way) to reach the same destination.

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