Seattle, WA: Poo Poo Point
This 4-mile out-and-back in Tiger Mountain State Forest climbs through lush forest to Poo Poo Point, a grassy perch overlooking the Issaquah Alps.
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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
- Distance: 6.4
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From the parking area, cross the grassy field (paraglider landing field) to reach Chirico Trailhead.
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From the trailhead, the path crosses a small marshy area, then begins a steep and steady climb.
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Pass a mossy, rock bench at this sharp corner (a good place to take a breather). Woodpeckers are a common sight along this steep slope.
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The trail merges onto an old, overgrown logging road. The climb continues ahead.
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Trail briefly levels out and offers occasional southeast views of Mount Rainier.
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A steep spur trail forks off from the main trail at this point. Take either trail to the southern launch point ahead. Look for paragliders launching above if winds are from the south.
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Hike across a large clearing on the ridge shoulder (the first of two launch sites). You’ll find more postcard-worthy views of Mount Rainier from this vantage point.
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Poo Poo Point: This grassy perch is the primary launch site for paragliders. Horseback riders and mountain bikers also congregate here, having gained Poo Poo on designated trails. Take in bird’s-eye views of Issaquah, Lake Sammamish, Seattle, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Baker. Hike south along the summit to find a pit toilet and Poo Poo Point Trail, which leads to Tiger Mountain and Issaquah High School. Return to the trailhead along the same route.
Poo Poo Point
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Parking lot and paraglider landing area
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Into the Woods
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Bailey Falls Trail Marker
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Trail Marker for Bailey Falls. “Soar Higher!”
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Paraglider Launch Area
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The southern launching area for paragliders.
Wintry Launch Area
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