Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail


Day Hike - Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Let’s get out on a weekday! We’ll aim to do this at a moderate, 1.5-2mph pace so that folks are able to take photos and enjoy conversation along the way. This will be good for newer hikers who want to explore options that are close to the city… or more experienced folks who just want to make it out to enjoy the fresh air.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

We’ll consolidate carpools at the Tibbets Valley Park & Ride in Issaquah (note: this is very close to, but not the same as, the Issaquah Transit Center). I’d like to be on the trail by (or before!) 9am, which means meeting at the Park & Ride at 8:30. If you need to meet us at the trailhead, please be there by 8:45 and let me know in advance so we’re not waiting for you at the Park & Ride.

Trailhead directions:

We’ll start this hike from the High Point Trailhead. Take I-90 east to Exit 20 for High Point Way. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right at the stop sign and then immediately turn right again. Travel west, paralleling I-90 on your right. Follow the paved road to its end at the DNR parking lot. Discover Pass required.

This hike is intended for folks who want to get out and be active midweek -- especially those who want a bit of a challenge (9 miles and ~2000’ elevation gain) but aren’t yet ready to run up the mountain. We’ll aim for a moderate pace (1.5-2mph) and can flex a bit faster or slower depending on the needs of the group (that said, before signing up, please make sure you’re confident in your ability to be out on the trail for 5-6 hours).

The intended route: From the High Point Trailhead (520’), we’ll take the Bus Trail to the Gas Line Trail, which is where we’ll pick up the Poo Poo Point Trail. We’ll head up to Poo Poo Point (1780’) and stop for lunch. From there, we’ll backtrack half a mile to pick up the West Tiger RR Grade, and we’ll take that until we meet W Tiger No 3 and will follow that down. The highest point on this hike is at 2000’ but there’s a fair amount of up and down along the way. This is a very popular destination so we won’t have solitude, but weather permitting we may have views of Issaquah and Lake Sammamish, and we’ll get some good exercise regardless of what the weather decides to do!

Required equipment: the Ten Essentials (always). Having rain gear and insulation (extra layers) is important at this time of year. The trail will be muddy and there may be rain, so make sure you’re ready for a wet day. You may also wish to bring traction (microspikes, etc.) in case we encounter a bit of snow at the higher elevations.


Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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