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.