Day Hike - Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

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Day Hike - Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Enjoy a night hike under an (almost!) full moon up to Poo Poo Point to catch a view of the starry sky and surrounding area. Bring your headlamps, warm clothing, hot drink, and cameras!

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft

We'll be meeting at 5:15pm at the *Tibbets Valley Park* (https://goo.gl/maps/EPBMNa6WLmBQYv7r5) [it is across the street and south of the Issaquah Transit Center Park & Ride]. From there we'll do a quick check for headlamps/attire/gear and arrange carpools if needed/desired. We'll head out shortly thereafter to the Poo Poo Point trailhead (https://goo.gl/maps/xQT7qefrigBd6Vm57) so we can be there by 5:40, do introductions and our pre-hike briefing, and last minute checks. We'll plan to have boots on the trail by 5:45pm. We will plan to wrap up our hike no later than 9pm, and thus will be sticking to a 7:15 pm turnaround time.

If you plan on going directly to the trailhead parking, please let me know via text by the morning of January 8th that you will be meeting us there instead.

Note that the Discover Pass is not required to park at the trailhead as it is on King County land.

 This is a night hike, so an especially important part of the 10 Essentials is illumination. Working headlamps are required, with spare batteries and reflective (and warm!) attire highly encouraged.

 

We'll be heading up to Poo Poo Point via the Chirico Trail (see https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/poo-poo-point-chirico-trail for the trailhead and directions), which comes out to about 4 miles and a bit less than 1800 ft of elevation gain. We'll be taking this trail at an easier pace, about 1.5 miles per hour (plus or minus depending on the group) in order to navigate the trail safely. Do note that hiking at night does bring a unique technical challenge to the mix.

Its anticipated to be in the 30's with a good chance of showers/possibility of snow, so be sure to bring proper attire (rain jackets/boots/layers), and be ready for muddy shoes (don't forget a change of shoes/towel for the ride back). 

At the top of Poo Poo Point, we'll stop for some photos and a short break (plan on no longer than 15 mins) before heading back down the trail.

Route/Place

Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/spare batteries/reflective attire)
  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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