Frontcountry Trail Run - Poo Poo Point via High School Trail


Frontcountry Trail Run - Poo Poo Point via High School Trail

What better way to catch a glimpse of reindeer pulling a sleigh than from Poo Poo Point on Christmas eve? Casual, nighttime Sun run: ~7 3/8 miles, 1,682 feel of elevation gain, avg 3.5-4.0 mph. Bonus points for clothing/gear donning festive holiday lights!

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.35 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,682 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,850 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5-4.0 mph

Meet at 5:00 pm at Evans Street gravel parking in Issaquah, just northeast of the middle school. Please note this is NOT the more common Chirico trail. Parking on street - no passes needed. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running at 5:10 pm. There are no public bathrooms at the trail head; there may be a portable toilet available as we run past the high school. Unless closed, there is an outhouse available by Poo Poo Point.

Starting coordinates: 47.52550, -122.02745

We will follow an out-and-back route for ~7 3/8 miles total distance with 1,682 ft elevation gain, starting next to Issaquah Middle School up to Poo Poo Point. We will stop at the top to peruse any reindeer in the sky, snap a pic, down a snack, then head back the way we came. We will look to do an avg pace of 3.5-4.0 mph: moderate hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straighaway and downhill. Please bring headlamp since entire trip will be in the dark! Trip will be cancelled due to snow or icy conditions on trail.

For a complete description of  trail running with the Mountaineers, please consult the Trail Running Standards.

Gaia route:

City of Issaquah Trails Map:

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Dec 22. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Poo Poo Point via High School Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities for this course's activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses; running-specific gaiters recommended
  • Warm mid-weight layer (e.g. down vest or wool long sleeve)
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Optional: festive lights on clothing/hydration vest
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