Conditioning Hike - Poo Poo Point - Chirico Trail

Traction devices for your  feet are MANDATORY on this hike.  You must bring along Yak Trax or something similar to put on your feet in the event that we encounter snowy, icy conditions. 

NO Children under the age of 16.

Please read all the info I have in the Pages section of this site and come prepared. You are responsible for your own safety , but your preparedness affects the entire group.

Please be aware that at this time of year, especially, that inclement weather, dangerous road conditions and illness may cancel or postpone this event.  Please be sure to check this site before leaving to attend for any last minute updates.

This should be a pretty quick, but fairly strenuous hike.  Approx 4 miles RT with 1600 FT elevation gain.

The Chirico Trail (also refered to as Pilots Trail) is a steady climb up the western side of Tiger Mountain to Poo Poo Point. The point and the field below are used as a major paragliding park in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources along with King County. The area features two launching sites, one facing south at 1,550 feet and one facing to the north and west at 1,650 feet. The north facing aspect provides views of Squak and Cougar Mountains along with Lake Sammamish, Issaquah, Bellevue and Seattle while the south facing aspect provides views of Mt. Rainier. This is a fun, but strenuous hike close to the city and if you dont feel like hiking to the top, stay at the bottom and just watch the paragliders

From a recent WTA Trip Report :

we started from Issaquah/Hobart road. This is where the Para gliders land and there is a gravel parking lot area for people to park. This made the hike shorter but a little more difficult. I believe it is 2 miles one way but you gain just over 1600 elevation gain. This makes for a short hike but yet you get your work out in for sure. We thought we were at the top because we hit some pretty good views but we continued about 200 yards and we were in for even better views. I would recommend this hike as it is well maintained, great exercise, and wonderful views.

Dogs allowed on leash

Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike (no retractible leashes or leashes longer than 6 ft). If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others. This will be the first meeting for many of the dogs, so let them get acquainted slowly as we walk. It takes time to form a pack. Not all dogs want to be greeted exuberantly, so take care and precaution. Also, dog waste needs to be buried (6 inches) or carried. Leaving along the trail to be picked up later is an eyesore for others , even in a bag,(especially with the number in our group) and is sometimes forgotten on the way out.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional guide and do not have certified training or insurance. As you are aware, inherent hazards and risks are associated with hiking and all other physical activity.We can not guarantee the condition of the trail, the length of the trail, or that the trail will be appropriate for a certain fitness level. You are responsible for your own safety and health. The more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe. Your preparedness not only affects your safety, but the safety and enjoyment of the entire group.I am not in charge of this hike, I’m merely going on a hike myself and inviting others to join me. You will be asked to sign a release/waiver form at the trailhead.           
 

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  • Kathy L.

    Good workout for a Sunday morning. Wonderful people and dogs. Kristen, Austin thanks you for taking the lead so he could bring up the rear. Thomas, thanks for taking Lexus for me (you can always say no if you would rather not. And thanks to everyone for being such a pleasure to hike with. See you all again soon.

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What are you talking about? I love Lexus! : D

      February 25, 2013

  • Penny

    Hi Beth - was great meeting you and your beautiful Misha. I never would have guessed her to be leash aggressive, she was so well mannered today. Hope to see you both again!

    February 24, 2013

    • Beth C.

      Hi Penny! Thank you for the kind words. I'm sure I wasn't as social as I could have been but I was really focused on Misha. I'm so happy she did well, and we both can't wait to hike again!!

      February 25, 2013

  • Andrea

    I was thinking the same thing! It was really nice to hike with everyone today!

    February 24, 2013

  • Beth C.

    This was my first group hike with my puppy, Misha. Misha had shown leash aggression towards other dogs and people on our only other hike (with hubby). Our new trainer thought this would be a good opportunity, and it definitely was!!! Everyone was patient and understanding of all the different issues, both canine and human. I am certain that my dog will gain confidence in this group!! Oh, and the views were pretty nice, too!

    2 · February 24, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Thomas you may have gone too far. The parking area is only 2.8 miles off of exit 17 . Call me 425 [masked]

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am at the GPS location but there is no parking lot

    February 24, 2013

  • Vicki G.

    Not feeling well this morning so am going to miss this one.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, anyone carpooling from Seattle tomo?

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK Kathy, I will try ur yak trax tomo. Thx for bringing them.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kathy, I am men's size 10, do u think they will fit?

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Crap, I don't have yak trax yet. I am at an event now. Will try to get a pair tonight. Otherwise, I will update u guys that I can't come...

    February 23, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      I have an extra pair Thomas if they are needed. I was up squak Mtn today and no snow or ice

      February 23, 2013

  • Gretchen S

    Tuli and I will be there, carpooling with Beth and Misha (Tuli's sister). Looks like it will be chilly, but likely not raining or snowing! They have Yaktrax at the Alderwood REI, just FYI for those of you having trouble finding traction devices...

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kathy, can i still join at this point or you have closed down RSVP list for good?

    February 23, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Thomas you can come. See you in the morning

      February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was not able to get the traction devices - ordered them last week but there was a problem shipping them.

    February 23, 2013

  • Janet A.

    Forgot about a family thing.

    February 21, 2013

  • Andrea

    Hi Kathy, do we have an idea of how long this will take?
    Andrea

    February 19, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      It is a relatively short hike (about 4 miles RT) but fairly steep. So I figure 2-3 hours.

      February 19, 2013

    • Andrea

      Perfect, thanks Kathy!

      February 19, 2013

  • Jeff

    It's a great hike, however I'll be working that weekend. Maybe next time.

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too far.

    February 10, 2013

  • Beth C.

    Plus Misha, she'll be one year old puppy by then.

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We don't have traction devices :-(

    January 24, 2013

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