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Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Panoramic views from Poo Poo Point. Easy access from Seattle. Paragliding launch point.

Cons

Steep and constant elevation gain. Heavily used trail.

Trailhead Elevation

130.00 ft (39.62 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,720.00 ft (524.26 m)

Features

Big vistas
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

03/17/2016
Despite the steep incline, the hike yields amazing view and a great place to watch paragliding, the sunset, and Issaquah night life. The hike down in the dark after the sunset might be really dark, so bring a flashlight or headlamp.
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