December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

December Winter Conditioning Runs: 4-6 miles - Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Winter Trail Running Conditioning Course runs from 4-6 miles. You will need to complete 2 course runs per month over Dec, Jan and Feb to graduate.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,787 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,831 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 3:00 pm in the Chirico parking lot off Issaquah Hobart Road SE in Issaquah. This is one of the most popular trails, so please try to arrive a bit early so you minimize time looking for parking. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 3:10 pm. No passes required. There is a toilet at the southern end of the parking lot.

Poo Poo Point is a small knoll on a shoulder of West Tiger Mountain, with a large clear area used now as a launching pad by paragliders. There are a few starting points for Poo Poo Point - please note we are starting from the *Chirico Trailhead*.

We will follow a clockwise loop for ~4 miles total distance with 1,120 ft elevation gain, following the Wilderness Whittaker Peak trail. We will look to do an avg pace of 4 mph: moderate to fast (depending on group comfort) hike uphill and 4.5-5.0 mph straighaway and downhill. Please bring headlamp since we will finish in the dark!

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

Gaia route:

Full details will be soon after registration closes on Dec 17. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at


Poo Poo Point via Chirico 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
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