Christened “Poo Poo Point” by guidebook author and activist Harvey Manning, in honor of the “poo poo” sound made by loggers’ steam whistles, this grassy perch in Tiger Mountain State Forest offers postcard views across the Issaquah Alps. From the parking area near the paraglider landing field, hike southeast on Chirico Trail toward the base of the mountain. After 300 yards, the climb begins on a narrow (and sometimes muddy) trail that ascends quickly through lush, mossy forest.
After a mile, the trail merges onto an old logging road and continues climbing northeast to the first of two grassy launch sites used by hang- and paragliders. Take in the expansive views before finishing off the climb—from here its only 0.3 mile to Poo Poo Point, the primary gliding launch site. At the top, savor sweet views of Squak Mountain, Cougar Mountain, and Lake Sammamish to the northwest and Mount Rainer to the southeast before retracing your route to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Nathan and Jeremy Barnes, hikingwithmybrother.com