Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Recently did a similar loop, swinging by Poo Poo Point via Poo Top on my way down from West Tiger #1 and then back to High Point via Tradition Lake. Weather was cloudy, so there weren’t really any views at West Tiger #3 or #2, but it was still a heck of an experience! 10.6 miles with the additions.

Good hike.
A LOT of people thought so.

Good exercise, parking was full at 9am but overflow for $5 was nearby and empty at that time. Dog friendly on leashes.

This is my go-to trail. No discover pass required and its close to my home. Its short enough to be completed within 2 hours, but has enough elevation to get a good cardio workout.

At the first viewpoint, you face south and should see Mt Rainier. On a clear day like today, I should've been able to see it. However, I haven't seen any traces of Mt Rainier for a while now. I'm guessing its due to the smoke caused by wildfire.

The second viewpoint is much better with N and NW views. This is the paragliding launchpoint.

One of my favorites for shorter hikes.

It’s all worth it at the top, we were lucky to see many paraglider last weekend.

trail running
11 days ago

A first for me today.... no not the trail running....
But the BLACK BEAR I ran into near the top!
Let’s just say my run time down was a personal best!

hiking
11 days ago

For those looking to go to Poo Poo point via an easier trail, take the Chirico Trail that ends in the same spot and has a lot more parking and is 50% of the length. 6.8 miles is longer than you think - do bring a lot of water and good shoes. Both this and Chrico are rated as moderate, but you can bring beginners on the Chirico Trail to Poo Poo point, this is certainly not a beginner trail.

The view is the big payoff, the hike not so much. You should choose this hike only if you are looking for a workout as the trail is not that great except for the bridge.

hiking
12 days ago

Very first Hike and went solo, went well, mild traffic up and down, people were nice, pretty light in my opinion but the view at the top was phenomenal! Highly recommend for beginners/pretty quick hike

hiking
13 days ago

nice view, lots of people on trail. can go parachuting from top.

hiking
14 days ago

Relatively easy /moderate trail. Great family hike. start early in the morning to avoid traiffic.

15 days ago

1st hike of the year. Steep but fun. beautiful views if Issaquah and Mt. Rainier

hiking
16 days ago

Went on this hike on July 21. We started at the highschool because the parking lot was completely full. By 9am. This was harder than I thought. The trail was a constant incline, and hardly any switch backs, which in my option, makes for more of a difficult hike. Trail was Well marked and maintained. Bonus we got to watch paragliders.

Awesome hike! Good steady incline all the way up with a terrific view. Careful on the way down as it can get slippery.

Such a great hike. Bring hiking poles as it can be slippery in places. we started pretty early and the ground was a bit damp. By time we came back down- there was no parking and super crowded. If you want to watch the paragliders but are not able to hike too far- there is a shuttle to take you to the top and back down. had a great time. We even hiked with our bulldog.

hiking
20 days ago

This is a bit of a meh hike. Other trails in area have better payout for elevation gain. Well marked, trail in good condition. Trailhead had about six cars in addition to mine. Passed three small groups. Felt alone most of hike.

21 days ago

The map that is associated with this hike takes you to the straight up and back, not the loop. We didn’t make it to the top as it started to get really hot and we knew we entered from the wrong trail head. Discovery pass is required which we didn’t know being new to the area. It was a beautiful hike but water was dried up. Not a soul on the trail which was a little strange but all in all it was a good work out if nothing else.

Wasn’t really a fan of the really skinny trail and that it was basically right off the street the entire time so it took away from that “in nature”’feeling I love so much.

Most of the elevation is towards the last .5 mi of the hike and that hit the dogs hard, especially the older smaller one.

However, the fireplace is really pretty neat and I like the picnic tables set up there, it was nice to stop and take a snack and water break with the dogs.

I would still do it again.

Lovely flora!
Easy to moderate hike. Peaceful. Not very busy. Lots of views of........trees! Big-leaf maple, Douglas fir, redwood/cedar,
Lots of blackberries, huckleberry, salmon berry, barberry (look a bit like blueberries), elderberry
Common holly, western sword fern, lady’s fern
Lady’s glove, large tree fungus, henbit dead-nettle,
Spiders, bumblebees, black slugs
Only a few mosquitoes in a few spots. No bites.
Beautiful moss and lichen covered boulders
Get Google Lens app if you can. It’s fun!

Great trail, very busy. Big incline at the beginning of the trail but gets easy near the top. It’s a rocky trail. There’s $5 over flow parking which was nice.

crouded, but good

trail is ok, but the lookout it very underwhelming, not worth the climb

The highlight was seeing a black bear!! This was on the bus portion of the trail between round and traditional lake. Both us and the bear were startled but felt little threat. Really enlivened. We were out there around 3:30 pm and the bear appeared to be foraging right along the trail

Trail is all gradual uphill around the last half mile it gets kinda hard because your going steep up but it it worth it! I would consider this moderate not easy depending on you. The woods toward the fireplace are very beautiful reminds me of a fairytale.

Wonderful views, excellent trail conditions and stunning parasailing at the top...but I’m not posting any pictures of those things. My wife and I along with our Golden Retriever did this hike last Sunday on 7/15; Seattle set a record high temperature of 93 degrees that day. While we had planned well for water that day, we were out by the end of the hike (our dog was well rested and well watered during the day) and all 3 of us were looking for shade and more water...none of which are present at the parking lot. We were overjoyed to find water and shade provided in the parking lot. Truly picture worthy-THANK YOU ACROPARAGLIDING!

This hike is tougher than others make it sound. I would do this again, earlier or later. I went at 7 AM and it was still crowded. Gushing with people when we came back and tons of people who didn't pick up their dog poop! The trail even provides bags at the bottom. It was cloudy so I didn't get to experience much on top. Perfect for those who are in the city to get away, but I wouldn't drive more than 1 hour to do this hike. The bonus is that you MAY get to see paragliders.

hiking
1 month ago

Tougher than we thought it would be. Constant elevation gain. Nice trail though and it was fun to watch the paragliders taking off at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great well-maintained trail, fantastic views from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and short hike. Good signage, lots of families.

extremely hard trail. very slick at points. not recommended for beginners. You can do it, but start early.

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