Chirico Trail to Poo-Poo Point

MODERATE 360 reviews

Chirico Trail to Poo-Poo Point is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1673 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is the shorter route to Poo Poo Point, beginning at the paragliding landing field rather than the high school several miles to the north. Popular site for hiking, paragliding and hang gliding The Chirico Trail is a lovely spot located just off of I-90 in Issaquah. It is conveniently located and after about 700 feet of elevation the noise from any roads disappears. It is easy to reach and leaves the user in the forest and forgetting how close I-90 and Highway 18 are for most of the trail. The south launch area allows the users to have lovely valley views while looking out over the top of the nudist colony. The north launch area of Poo-Poo Point allows the user to have lovely views of the Lake Sammamish and Issaquah.

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3 days ago

Hiked on 5/20 in the AM. As many others have outlined, parking on the weekends can be a nightmare, as the lot near the trailhead is very limited. I was lucky and happened to arrive just as someone was leaving. The earlier (or later) you start, the better. With a busy parking lot comes a busy trail - lots of hikers starting and ending their hikes, leading to congestion in many parts where the trail narrows.

The trail is fairly challenging, but still very enjoyable. It's a well maintained trail and is somewhat scenic (pretty trees, a few decent viewpoints, some small streams, etc.). The view at the top is nice, but not incredible. Also, FYI: I think many people stop hiking at the first overlook (thinking that they've reached the top), but make sure to continue on past the first clearing to where the paragliders launch. I'd highly recommend hiking on a nice day when paragliders will be out. It was fantastic watching them take off and soar into the distance.

Did this before work one morning and it was more challenging than expected! Great and quick workout :) and so close to Poo Poo Point!

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6 days ago

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7 days ago

Steady climb through wooded hillside heading up to Poo Poo Point.

hiking
8 days ago

This is a pretty short hike but it is pretty difficult. Not a lot of breaks on this one.

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18 days ago

Hiked up in the evening. Plenty steep, but very rewarding views of Mt. Ranier and towards Seattle/Bellvue. was fun to watch paragliders launch and soar around. Lush vegetation and plenty of wildlife.

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20 days ago

This Trail is Rocky, and very steep the whole way up, and for anyone saying it's a easy hike (their full of it); it'll kick your butt. Great views at the top though!