Poo Poo Point

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 7.4  miles

Elevation gain: 1650 ft

Pace: moderate

Dogs: NO

Pass: No

Drive : 1.15 hrs

No Guests: Everyone needs to be a member

Return Time: I can not guarantee when we will be back, if you need to be back at a certain time, you need to drive yourself or not attend.

Please bring Gas money for drivers $10 suggested, and the 10 essentials http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/ten-essentials and a bag for muddy boots.

Be prepared for rain.

I leave on time. I do not wait. Please arrive 10 min before 8:00 am

Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide or medically trained, by attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and I can not be held responsible. I am taking a walk in the woods and you are choosing to join me.

Trail description from WTA :

It's time to go back to high school. Or maybe flight school. This Tiger Mountain path starts at Issaquah High School and ends at Poo Poo Point, where many paraglider pilots learn to fly their featherweight crafts. In between, you'll find wonderful old forests to explore and a grand path to follow.

Hike up the old railway turned trail about 0.25 mile before veering right onto the service road known as the Old State Road. Walk around the gate on this road and continue about 1 mile. Just after crossing an old clear-cut, climb under some high-tension powerlines and continue up the rocky slope. Stay right at the next trail junction (to the left is the Section Line Trail) to hop onto the Poo Poo Point Trail. Limited views southwest reveal Squak Mountain.

Like so many Issaquah Alps trails, the Poo Poo Point Trail was born from an old road. The path is still wide enough for two hikers to trek side-by-side much of the time. More often, however, thick wildflowers and bushes (some laden with delicious salmonberries) line the route and crowd it down to a single-track trail.

At about 2 miles you'll cross a broad plateau (elev. 1150 ft) before starting up into Many Creeks Valley. Some of the creeks giving the valley its name are seasonal, running only in spring, while others--notably Gap Creek--runs year round. The well-built Gap Creek Bridge is at 2.5 miles, from which you can view the creek's stairstep falls and the remains of an old road bridge.

Past the creek, the trail continues to weave upward through the forest. You'll find some wonderful ancient trees, and plenty of reminders of the region's logging history (hint: look for old stumps with springboard notches). At 3.2 miles, stay right at the intersection with the West Tiger Railroad Grade.

In just another 0.5 mile, you'll come out into a small parking area, complete with high-tech composting toilet. Follow the trail around to the right side of the parking area to burst out into the bright sunshine on the grass bench that is Poo Poo Point. Hang gliders and paragliders launch off this grassy swale most afternoons spring through early autumn. Nonpilots can rest on the grassy hillside above the launch area, enjoying views of Issaquah Valley, Lake Sammamish, and the Bellevue skyline beyond. On clear days, Mount Baker can even be seen in the distance.

Driving Directions:

From I-90 take exit 17 (Front Street) and turn right (south). After 0.6 mile turn left (east) onto East Sunset Way, and in two blocks turn right onto 2nd Avenue SE. In about 0.5 mile park near the high school. The trail begins just south of the school on the switchback of the old railroad grade.



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  • Gayle

    Laura: I'll meet you near the trailhead at the school & plan to arrive just after 9:00 to connect. Looking forward to another great day! (Let me know if anything changes.)

    January 1, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Can I get marked down as a maybe?

    December 31, 2012

    • Laura

      This hike isn't going to fill up, if you decide to come just sign-up an hour before it starts

      January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Laura, I've heard you pick great hikes- Any chance you'll lead one on a Friday (my day off) or do you work that day?

    December 29, 2012

    • Laura

      I have done some Friday hikes in the past but that day usually does not work for me.

      December 29, 2012

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