Hike to Poo Poo Point

Washington Poo Poo Point Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    7.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1858 Feet

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

An unbelievable view of Mt. Ranier and paragliders at summit! This is a serious thigh burner!

The Poo Poo Point trail is a great option for beautiful forest and great views only about 20 minutes outside of Seattle. The longer and less steep of the two routes to Poo Poo Point, this trail leaves from the Issaquah High School (the shorter and steeper Chirico Trail leaves from the paragliding landing field several miles to the south). From the trailhead the trail will be unsigned but you'll pass a swampy area and then reach the first sign just 0.3miles down the way. Turn right at the sign and then bear right again to follow the old road. This section is open to mountain bikers as well so be sure to keep and eye out and give right of way.

At 0.8 miles you'll cross a stream and then come upon a power line - the trail cuts up to the right on a rocky slope here. Head up this way and you'll soon see the official sign for the Poo Poo Point trail near a large wooden gate - head right here away from the gate to continue on the trail. From here you'll starting climbing through the forest (look out for wildflowers and berries in the summer months!) and crossing a number of small streams.

When you reach a three-way trail junction keep to the right again and reach Poo Poo Point, one of the summits of West Tiger Mountain, in just another half a mile - you'll know it by the large grassy knoll and open views of Lake Sammamish and Issaquah. If the weather is right you'll also find paragliders jumping off the mountain from the Point. Stop for a snack and enjoy the view before returning the way you came.

Getting there: Head south through downtown Issaquah and at 1.8 miles from I-90 turn left at the light onto Second Ave. SE. Parking will be on your right pretty immediately - only space for about 3 or 4 cars here and the trail is unmarked. If this area is full you can park at the Issaquah High School nearby (be sure to park in an unrestricted zone if so) and walk back to the trail.

Pack List

  • Trail running shoes
  • Water
  • Light raincoat
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Whenever I visit Poo Poo Point, I try to tack on a few neighboring miles around Tiger Mountain. The trail systems up here are great for long-distance training as they link and thread back into each other. I do remember one time in April getting stuck at Poo Poo Point in shorts and a thin shirt during a whiteout snow (and later, hail) storm - remember that the 4k elevation makes this an incredibly different climate than the sea level city!

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

I thought the journey up to the top was more beautiful than the actual view from top. Saw some paragliders take off which was pretty cool. Would possibly do it again for training purposes.

2 months ago
2 months ago

It was a tough increase in elevation, but it was worth the view.

6 months ago
6 months ago

My first hike in Seattle! My friend and I went hiking on a sunny day :) We started at 2:30 and we got to the paragliding launching point at around 3:30. It wasn't an extremely hard trail. But it was as everyone else said, it was ALL up up up the hill we go! We didn't take any breaks in between. We were sweating when we got up to poo poo point. It was cooler up there even though it was not as windy. The sun was nice and pleasant ❤️ we spent about half an hour laying on the grass looking at the paragliders and we can see Bellevue and a tiny UW building far away. It was getting a bit chilly so we decided to leave. It took us about slightly less than an hour to get down and my knees started to feel painful in the middle 😭 overall the hike was nice.

6 months ago
6 months ago

Really great trail and awesome views throughout. I hiked this in the middle of a downpour and it got pretty slick at some points. Definitely recommend good hiking boots and a waterproof jacket.

10 months ago
10 months ago

This is a great and safe spot for a family to go! I just went with my class of 90 students up here and it was an amazing experience!!!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Hike through typically beautiful PNW mossy forest to the top with amazing views of the Seattle area and plenty of entertainment...on a good wind day there will be a bunch of paragliders launching from to different sites. Definitely continue on past the first open space where people are launching and make it all the way to the top. Worth it. If it's been raining, prepare for walking through a bit of a swamp from parking lot to trailhead.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Try and get here early since the parking seems a little tight, but you'll be well rewarded. Decent incline/ workout going up with a super well defined trail. At the top you'll see paragliders and views in every direction. Bring a snack and enjoy the scenery.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is a great hike if you can do it on a weekday or during the winter months to avoid the crowds. The drive is only about 20 miles from Seattle, so you can get there pretty quickly on a weekend morning. Be sure to bring a jacket if you hang out at the top to watch the paragliders.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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