Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Issaquah with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

This is a fun, quick hike. Up and down in under two hours, depending on how long you stay at the top. The trail is well-maintained. The views are fantastic on a clear day. There are two view points. Both spots offer a great place to sit, take in the view, have a picnic.

I saw all age ranges on this hike (8yr olds to late 60s). Overall, this is a fun and easy hike. Have fun!

The only downside is that this trail is very crowded. I went at 7am in a weekday morning and it was not so bad. But in late afternoons/evenings it gets so packed that it isn’t very enjoyable.

Nice trail, too much gravel road incorporated into the loop for my tastes. Good cardio close to town. Midweek afternoon and I saw only 3 other people until I was approaching the parking lot at the end

Pretty hike with great views at the top. The paragliders were really cool to see

Enjoyable but crowded little hike without leaving town.

16 days ago

Decently heavy foot traffic on a Saturday, even starting in the late afternoon. The way up has good incline and is somewhat rocky. The view at the peak is lovely, and you can see Rainier in its full glory on a clear day. Also definitely fun to watch paragliders take off before heading back down.

Had so much fun doing this hike! Weather was mild which was perfect as this hike is mostly incline. It was good to have the breeze to cool you down as you ascended to the top. I do not recommend this trail for younger kids.

This is a very popular hike I've been wanting to do for quite some time. A few friends and I did this hike near the time of sunset. There were hardly any hikers on the trail which was nice. By the time we got to the top there were no paragliders for it was too dark. There was one group of guys from Ohio that came to visit the west side to experience the hikes. They had a golf club with them and let us hit a ball of the mountain side which was pretty neat. The views from this hike are astounding and really a great hike for people of all ages.

Good workout, good incline.

Great spot to watch gliders take off

Pretty difficult/strenuous for the first mile or so. Lots of rock steps and a decent incline. The views at the top are well worth it. Everyone on the trail was friendly and there were plenty of dogs to ogle. :)

Great hike super steep and busy but not in a bad way. Seeing the paragliders was cool. Not a tone of places to use the bathroom due to the consistent vertical assent so... if you see a good spot. Take the time because it could be a while before you find another private spot. Freaking great hike short but steep and a great workout without a huge commitment .

This was a great family hike. The scenery was enough to keep the kids (ages 8,6,4) engaged and going. Trail was well marked and well maintained. It was pretty crowded which was the only real downside.

Very good hiking workout. Incline the whole time. Very rocky though, don’t twist an ankle! Great view at the top.


Confused how this trail even has the rating it has. I filtered local hikes by ones that had good views at the top and this one popped up. It was only minutes away from my house so it seemed like a good day hike, however I did not see one good view the entire time. The picture of rainier on the cover of this hike is apparently from an offshoot trail on the way up which you can only discover from reading other reviews. The posted signs are extremely difficult to understand as well, coming from someone who has done quite a bit of hiking in this area. There are a decent amount of signs but the way the arrows are placed makes it difficult to tell where you should actually go. Aside from that, it’s just a boring trail in general. It’s basically a glorified trail walk with a decent elevation gain, would only recommend if you want a workout and it’s in your backyard like it is for me.

Easy hike. We took whole family, kids and family members of all ages. Views are of forest and trees thought we might see a bit more of the area. We did stick to main loop. Maybe next time we will go off main trail to see if views change.

Novice hiker. First time on Chirico, and I’ll be back! Weather was great. Plenty of people and dogs out. :) I enjoyed watching the paragliders take off. First time hiking alone, and I felt safe here.

5/2/2018 (Wednesday) -- beautiful weather, lots of dogs, hikers, runners, and paragliders. The trail is basically dry, not muddy, getting broader. Very pleasant.

Great views at the top. Did this with my 13 month old in a carrier. There happened to be a running event the day we went so the parking lot was full and you aren’t allowed to park on the road near the trail. Fox Hollow farms (about a half mile south of the parking lot) has parking for hikers, and had lots of animals for kids to pet as well as snacks, hot dogs, and ice cream for sale....great stop, especially if you’re with kids. Despite the added distance due to parking, I loved this trail. There were lots of people, but it made me feel safe since it was my first time on the trail and I was hiking alone/just with my baby. 2 stunning views at the top, saw 2 bald eagles, and got to watch the hang gliders.

Good trail. Great view of Rainier and got to watch a paraglider launch off. Well maintained. Nice forest hike.

Lots of dogs on trail, friendly hikers, view of Mount Rainier is gorgeous near the top.

I have done this trail before and loved it as much today as I did the first time. Although a Weds, the trail was busy with people and furry four-legged friends. An incredibly beautiful day. It's a great running trail for those who would like the challenge. One woman had run the trail 18 times today!

Incredible views of Rainier at the top! Great hike, great workout, fun to see the paragliders launch at the top!

Awesome trail. Great rewarding view at top. A little bit crowded during midday. Lots of unleashed dogs.

Nice hike through the woods, steep grade, but not too difficult. Beautiful View at the top. Well worth the effort.

Great hike and an even better workout w/ spectacular views.

Great sunset hike. Feel comfortable hiking alone as you are never really alone.

A very nice easy trail system that is nicely marked. It's a nice area and will definitely keep going back.

The trail is nice and the woods are peaceful but there are no good vantage points to see the valleys below and at the top you run into a cluster of 3 cell phone towers , the big reward for your climb. I would say this is a great trail for a run or to just get outside but if you want scenery try somewhere else.

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