While in Washington, we decided to hike Chirico Trail to Poo-Poo Point. My brother is actually learning to paraglide, and Poo-Poo Point is a big paragliding area. He wanted to check it out. I’m all about new hikes, and this one seemed to match our timeline. After getting into Seattle late the night before and sleeping in, we sought something short but with good views. Plus, we started at 2 pm and wanted something we weren’t out into the evening.
About Poo Poo Point:
When I heard the name “Poo Poo Point,” I thought…LOL, why? The name actually comes from the whistles being blown in the Tiger Mountains by workers in the logging industry. The whistling noise sounded like “Poo Poo,” and the mountain was named after that!
Poo Poo Point is a very busy hike with views of Mount Rainer, hang gliders, paragliders, Lake Sammamish, and downtown Bellevue.
Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point is the more popular and shorter of the two trails. There is one free parking lot and one paid. It does fill up on weekends. When we arrived on a Friday afternoon, it was full, but we were able to snag street parking.
My Experience Hiking Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point:
Length 4 mi
Elevation gain: 1,600 ft
Old Pair of NB running shoes. Hiking shoes would be better as there are some loose rock, but a good pair of supportive/cushioned shoes is okay.
Hydration: DripDrop ORS Hydration
Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point Trailhead address: 11400 Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Issaquah, WA 98027
You’ll notice a couple of warnings while walking through the big grassy field. Why? That is where paragliders land. Paragliders will be a theme throughout your hike on the Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point. They take off from the summit and then journey the 1700 feet down.
After crossing the grassy field, you’ll go up a short incline, decline, and begin the real uphill. The first mile of the Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point is the steeper of the two. It feels like you are just walking up a giant rock staircase.
The second mile is less steep but still challenging. If you are a paraglider taking off at the top of Poo Poo Point, the most challenging mile is just the first.
Poo Poo Point is unique in that there are actually two different summits with two different views. When hiking Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point, the first summit is the South Facing. The South gives you a view of Mount Rainier. It’s about 1.7 miles from the parking lot. On our journey, the summit was used for paragliders that day. Paragliders needed to follow the wind direction, the better gliding summit. It was fun to learn about that after my glider experience!
The “real” Poo Poo summit is about .2 miles later, with another 150 feet of elevation. You’ll be able to see Lake Sammamish and Bellevue. To see downtown Seattle from Poo Poo Point, you’ll need a super clear day or binoculars.
After you’re done with visiting Poo Poo Point, you head right back down the way you came. We ran a little behind schedule and attempted to hike slightly faster. Hint: it did not work. We finished the Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point hike in about 2 hours.
Questions for you:
Have you hiked Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point?
What is your favorite hike in Washington?