Hike to Poo Poo Point

Washington Poo Poo Point Trailhead

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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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Activities:

Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

7.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1858 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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3 months ago

Went there on a partly sunny day, and it was amazing to be above the clouds

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

3 months ago

3 months ago

Up We Go!

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.

3 months ago

7 months ago

Hiked in a Downpour.

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.

7 months ago

10 months ago

Great for family

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!!!

10 months ago

over 1 year ago

Perfect day hike

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

Fun Hike with Great Views

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

Fun Hike Near Seattle

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

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