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Poo Poo Point

Issaquah Alps

Location

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
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Length

7.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1858 ft.
Highest Point: 2021 ft.

Rating

3.83 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2019
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Poo Poo Point lies on a shoulder of West Tiger Mountain, and a small knoll there is topped by a mast with a windsock. The knoll is only a few feet higher than the surrounding area, but it qualifies Poo Poo Point - if minimally - as one of West Tiger's summits.

From the trailhead on Second Ave SE in Issaquah take the unsigned trail, passing swampy areas and the high school athletic fields. In 0.3 miles come to the first trail sign, placed there by the Issaquah Alps Trail Club to mark the start of the High School Trail. Turn right at the sign and, in 100 feet or so, bear right again, heading uphill on an old road grade. A later sign indicates passage from the Issaquah city limits into Tiger Mountain State Forest. Another sign mentions wildlife, and displays prominent images of a bear and a cougar. They are out there, of course, but the likelihood of a sighting is very slight.

Continue on the old road bed, ignoring side trails whether signed or unsigned. At 0.8 miles cross a small creek that flows all year from Round Lake on the Tradition Plateau. At 0.9 miles come to a power line. A few feet to the left a wooden trail sign points to the right up a rocky slope, indicating the way to the Poo Poo Point and Section Line Trails. Hike that way, and very soon come to the signed beginning of the Poo Poo Point Trail. The fainter trail heading left though a wooden gate is the steep Section Line Trail that goes to West Tiger #3.

The Poo Poo Point Trail crosses the open route of a buried gas line, then climbs steadily up an old railroad grade through mixed deciduous and coniferous forest. In early spring, look for trillium, bleeding heart, and yellow violets. Later in the summer, be alert for salmonberries or thimble berries. Throughout the year, hikers can enjoy the vigorous growth of ferns and the accumulations of moss on trees.

The route traverses Many Creeks Valley crossing a number of small creeks, some of them seasonal, then levels out briefly to cross Gap Creek on a high bridge. This is a great place to pause and view the stream and many large mossy trees. The trail then continues on more steeply through coniferous forest. Note the many old decaying stumps, a remnant from logging days, some of them now appealing abstract sculptures in reddish brown tones.

Soon, reach a signed three-way trail junction and the highest elevation of your hike. To the left is the West Tiger Railroad Grade, straight ahead is the One View Trail. Head to the right, where the trail continues to Poo Poo Point, now just a half-mile away.

The trail loses 170 feet of elevation before resuming a very gentle climb on an old logging grade to reach Poo Poo Point - specifically, the North Launch Viewpoint. The gravel road seen arriving at the Point is the West Side Road, one of several non-public service roads that begin at the Tiger Summit on Highway 18.

The Point is a great spot to sit and enjoy the view and have a snack. There are two picnic tables, and there is a Clivus toilet. There is no regular water source at the Point. If your timing is right you may enjoy seeing a few paragliders soar off the steep northwestern face of the Point.

History

The folksy name is a reference to the steam whistle sounds heard throughout the Tigers in the early days of logging. More recently (1970s) the area around Poo Poo Point was logged by its then owners, Weyerhaeuser Corporation. They even took the stumps! The result is a large clear area used now as a launching pad by paragliders who generally backpack their lightweight gear up the Chirico Trail, or sometimes arrive by minibus. The Point also offers a fine view northwest across Issaquah and Lake Sammamish toward Bellevue's downtown. To the west are Squak and Cougar Mountains, with a hint of Seattle's tallest buildings showing beyond.

 

Poo Poo Point

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5195, -122.0299 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain

Poo Poo Point (#TIGER)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Winter Walks & Hikes Puget Sound

Harvey Manning

Mountaineers Books (2002)

Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region

Dan A. Nelson

Mountaineers Books (2007)

Buy the Green Trails Cougar Mountain No. 203S map

Buy the Green TrailsTiger Mountain No. 204S map

Download a map to plan your hike

Getting There

Driving Directions

Driving east on I-90, take Exit 18, then merge onto E Sunset Way. Follow it around and turn left (south) onto Second Ave SE. When you are near the high school, look for street-side parking.

To access the High School Trail, park on the shoulder of Second Ave SE near Issaquah High School. Walk south of the high school along Second Ave SE. Cross SE Jones Lane, then turn left onto the Rainier Trail. Follow it a short distance, then turn right at the sign to the High School Trail.

However, the Chirico Trail has a dedicated lot and is the preferred lot for most people hiking Poo Poo Point. From I-90 east, take Exit 17 for Front Street and head south through the picturesque old downtown. 2.8 miles from the exit find the parking lot.

Take Transit

Take the bus to the trailhead!

For the 2019 hiking season, Trailhead Direct is providing transit service from the Seattle area to popular trails in the area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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