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High School Trail to Chirico Trail Loop

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Tiger Mountain State Forest

High School Trail to Chirico Trail Loop is a 6.7 mile loop trail located near Issaquah, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 1,893 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Views
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Lucy Girling
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Boring

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Louie Z
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Hiking

start at tradition lake trail head where Sunset meets I 90. Head up, then take adventure trail to high school Trail to poo poo point Trail, down Chirico trail. Walk the Hobart Road to 2nd Avenue and return to the start on the streets. The poo poo point Trail has very mild traffic. But the return on the the Chirico trail is heavily utilized, by people half of whom don’t carry masks in a pandemic.

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Ross Smith
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Hiking

Trail is great until the last stretch, which requires walking over a mile on a busy stretch of road with limited room for pedestrians. I would recommend just doing poo poo point and returning the way you came up

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Joe Erickson
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Hiking

I decided to make this trail a loop, starting at the trailhead for the Chirico Trail and finishing a mile + north of where I started. It made the hike more interesting, but I had a long walk back to the parking lot on a very busy road with little room for pedestrians. Overall this is a very busy hike with tons of people. I recommend doing this hike during the week or getting there really early to avoid all of the people. Great views at the top and fun to watch all of the paragliders taking off.

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Kristen Szogas
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Hiking

Trail is great until the last mile and a half which you’re basically hiking in a bike lane on a busy street. Would make it an out and back next time turning around at poo poo point

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Mitch Dugo
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Backpacking

This was a good workout, long uphill trail. Very pretty scenes with a beautiful payoff of lake Sammamish.

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barefoot jon
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HikingRocky

03/22/29 (Sunday) - counterclockwise loop from the High School Trailhead 1.5 miles down the narrow shoulders of the dreaded Issaquah-Hobart Road to the Chirico Trailhead,and up to Poo Poo Point to return back down the High School Trail. Hoped to do a better job of trying to coordinate recordings with reviews but, with activating/deactivating "private" setting seeming to make no difference, still hit-or-miss and, except for stopping to take a phone pic on the early stone steps of the Chirico, wouldn't even have known that I must have used the wrong "recording" circle button as it hadn't even started recording but, at least, got the final five miles. .. 03/21/20 (Saturday) - clockwise loop up High School Trail to Poo Poo Point and down the Chirico Trail for the 1.5 miles on the narrow shoulders of the dreaded Issaquah-Hobart Road to High School Trail trail head. Picked up a gallon-size, Freezer Ziplock full of orange peelings, tissues and one dog poop bag cavalierly discarded by prior hikers. Both trails in excellent condition with just a long muddy stretch on old logging road at a top of high school trail right below Poo Poo Point but can walk right through without even getting muddy.

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barefoot jon
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Started the 7.5 mile counterclockwise loop from an empty Paraglider Field Parking Lot at 6am to get up to Poo Poo Point for the full moon moonset at the Upper Launh Pad, and bonus shot of Mt. Rainier on the way by the Lower Launch Pad both covered frosty white and then down the high school trail to return the almost two miles along the dangerously narrow shoulders of the Issaquah-Hobart Road to the still frosty white Paraglider Field Parking Lot still in the shade at 10:30am. Except for one mud puddle across the parking lot to the Chirico Tiger and muddy crossing on the flat stretch between the Mt. Rainier Peek-a-Boo Outlook and last switchbacks to the Lower Launch Pad (~1.5mi+), didn't even have to move to the side to keep dry in tennis shoes. However, Poo Poo Point back down to high school with lots of mud on the steeper switchbacks up to the Tri-trail fence and rivulets still running down the gravel on much of the rest of the trail.

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Saeid Balaneshin
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Hiking

The part that you need to walk beside the road is not very safe.

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barefoot jon
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HikingRocky

Counterclockwise loop (9/20/19) - 7.5mi . . Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point (2mi) . . down Poo Poo Trail (4mi) . . jog down to Chirico on Issaquah-Hobart Rd (~1.5mi) Clockwise loop (9/21/19) - 11.5mi . . Poo Poo Trail to Poo Poo Point (4mi) . . down Chirico Trail (2mi) , , up/down Chirico again I liked it so much (4mi) . . jog up Issaquah-Hobart Rd to Poo Poo Trail (~1.5mi) The 1.5 miles or so along Issaquah-Hobard Rd was kind of scary with so little shoulder protection from cars, double-cab pick-ups, 16-wheelers, etc. zipping along at 45mph+ but, even though they had to be careful of on-coming traffic, none drifted into my shoulder way. I wasn't the only one: other walkers, runners, cyclists, hikers from nearby parking to Chirico would seem to make a bike-pedestrian pathway a worthwhile project someday.

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Dan Parry
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Hiking

If you’re using trailhead direct I highly recommend taking the high school trail to the poo poo point trail and then the chirico to get to the bus. You get a good time in the woods and a great view from the point. If your timing is good you can watch the paragliders take off. Being able to watch the gliders while you wait for the bus is fun. The trails are in good shape and most anyone can manage it.

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Alexandra Berlet
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Hiking

This is the same route as Poo Poo Point trail.. Is there a way to consolidate or merge entries with the same route but different trail names?

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Tex Mercer
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Great mellow trail. Get there early or else there will be a ton of folks talking loudly on the way up. Steady incline but nothing crazy. Fun solo hike

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Joshua Rosen
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Danielle Cullen
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hether Campbell
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RunningMuddy
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this is the only way to beat the traffic ffrom poo poo point . if your trying to train, this is ideal..

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Abby Glasgow
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Ling Geng
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bob schaaf
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Sarah Unbehaun
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Abby Glasgow
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Jake Smith
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Julien Bacon
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Johnny Ma
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Jamal Khan
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Alexandre Toledo Do Lago Leite
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Lukas Litzsinger
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Du Cong
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Cole Bass
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