Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail
A popular day hike for Seattleites located in Tiger Mountain State Park ends at the top of a grassy knoll, known as Poo Poo Point, where paragliders can be seen taking off and riding thermals on a nice day. The trail is well maintained and normally wide enough to keep hikers moving in both directions. The tree coverage provides protection from wind and rain and at its lower elevation can be enjoyed year-round.
Head south of I-90 on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast to access the trailhead. The parking lot overlooks a grassy, open field and Tiger Mountain. From the parking lot, take the trail across the landing field. Arrive at an arch and pass through the gates where trail information is posted. Take the Chirico Trail through the trees and switchback to gain elevation.
Nearing the first overlook, you have two options: 1) continue up a steep, short trail to the top or 2) stay on the obvious trail to the left that follows the contour line and is an easy but longer choice.
Peak out of the trees to a grassy overlook with a bench. Enjoy the views while snacking or continue on the trail to the left to complete the final 1,000 feet of elevation to reach Poo Poo Point. Return down the same trail or join one of the many trails in the area for a longer adventure. Total round trip mileage is a little more than 3 miles.
Unlike other Tiger Mountain hiking trails, this trail doesn't require a Discover Pass though parking is limited and can fill up quickly. Come early or plan to circle the parking lot as there is little room to park on the street. Local landowners do offer paid parking options if the trailhead lot is full. You can also take the Trailhead Direct bus from Seattle during the summer.
See the Washington Trails Association webpage for more information.
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