Poo Poo Point
Jun 17, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Poo Poo Point
- Region: Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
- Agency: Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region
- Trails: Poo Poo Point (#TIGER)
- Avg Rating: 3.56
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with a dog
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Water on trail
I hiked with my partner and dog from Issaquah High School to Poo Poo Point vis High School Trail and Poo Poo Trail with my partner and dog. We mistakenly parked in the high school parking lot on the north side, and walked south on the path next to the tennis courts, which turned into a gravel road lined with wildflowers. After asking fellow hikers for directions, we turned uphill on an unmarked path and found the High School trail.
The High School Trail portion was very pleasant--easy grade, wide, well maintained, few mudholes, and of course plenty of wildflowers. The trees are more widely spaced here, so we got to enjoy the forest surroundings. This portion would be a nice hike for people with kids.
[Fellow dog owners: if you don't already, please keep an eye on your dog and pick up their poop! We saw three piles on the way up.]
However, most of the Poo Poo trail portion was pretty muddy, not to mention steep, narrowing into single track overgrown with salmon berry bushes before finally opening up as it winds it way down from near the peak toward the point. We both wished we had worn waterproof hiking boots instead of hiking sneakers, but managed to get through the more swampy areas without getting our socks too wet. The wading through bushes also got a little monotonous.
By the time we got to Poo Poo Point in the late afternoon, it was windy and a bit cold, though I was fine in my lightly insulated jacket. We enjoyed the views of the valley below and a snack before heading back down. The whole trip, taken at a leisurely pace, took 4.5 hours.