Chirico Trail to Poo-Poo Point
Poo-Poo Point is a popular destination on the shoulder of West Tiger Mountain. The point has fabulous views of Mount Rainier and isn’t too difficult to reach. On a clear day, it’s the ideal overlook across the forest and to the mighty Tahoma. While there is more than one way to get to the point, this route follows the 7.2 km moderate Chirico Trail, which makes for a shorter hike. Expect heavy traffic on this hike.
While this hike isn’t too long or strenuous, it does have some steeper sections that where poles might be helpful to have.
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Route Description for Chirico Trail to Poo-Poo Point
A quick history lesson: Poo-Poo Point gets its name from the sounds of steam whistles that were heard through the mountains back in the earlier days of logging. The point itself was also logged, leaving the clearing you’ll hike to on this route. This clearing is frequently used as a launchpad for paragliders, so you might get to see some brave souls take flight as you admire the view.
Beginning from the parking area, you’ll easily pick up the trail where it crosses the landing field. Take a look to the skies before you go so you don’t get any surprises from the paragliders above! You’ll enter the woods and begin hiking along a steep trail with stone steps built in. This part of the trail is called the Yah-er Wall.
Traverse across the hillside, taking care not to cut corners where others have, as this contributes to trail erosion. After about a mile and a half or so, you’ll come to the South Launch Viewpoint. Take a break here to appreciate the wide-open view of Mount Rainier.
The North Launch Viewpoint is only a 0.4 km further, and this is where you’ll find Poo-Poo Point. Sit back, enjoy your lunch, and soak up the views. You can see Cougar Mountain, Squak Mountain, and Lake Sammamish. If you’re lucky, you might see some paragliders take flight.
When you’re ready, you’ll return via the same trail you came up on. Poles will be a help for the steep sections of the descent if you have them. Remember to watch out as you walk through the landing zone!
The tallest mountain in the state is a dominant part of your view on the hike to Poo-Poo Point if you manage to capture a clear day. This 4,392 m stratovolcano is an iconic sight and the highlight of your view while hiking this route. If you can manage to score a cloudless day, you’ll have unobstructed views of the mountain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you see the sunset from Poo-Poo Point?
It’s a nice spot to watch the sunset if you’re hiking in the evening!
What mountain is Poo-Poo Point on?
The point is on West Tiger Mountain.
Who names Poo-Poo Point?
While there is no one credit to the name, the Issaquah Historical Society mentioned that there would be a whistle when two logs were ready to be towed, and the sound of the whistle inspired the name.
Insider Hints for Chirico Trail to Poo-Poo Point
- There are picnic tables at the point.
- No pass or permit is required to enjoy this hike.
Getting to the Chirico Trail to Poo-Poo Point Trailhead
The trailhead for the hike to Poo-Poo Point on Chirico Trail is off Issaquah Hobart Road SE. Look for a big gravel parking area.
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