Taking the Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point

On a Day When Nobody Was Jumping

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The Issaquah Foothills, rebranded by boosters as the Issaquah Alps are the perfect, convenient getaway for a hike closer to Seattle.

They have numerous lovely trails that hit a sweet spot of not being too far, nor too strenuous. But many of them are, understandably, rather popular.



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One popular hiking destination is Poo Poo Point, a popular jumping spot for paragliders, famed for its lovely views.

Naturally, I went there on a cloudy December day when no one was jumping, but the misty atmosphere of the forest more than made the walk worthwhile.



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The trail is a nice, leisurely hike (at least, compared to others I'd done recently.) There and back was about four and a half miles, with 1,662 ft of elevation gain.


Trail Information
Name Chirico Trail
Type out and back
Location West Tiger Mountain Natural Resource Conservation Area
State Washington
Miles 2.25
Total_miles 4.51
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Along the way, I got to pass by where the paragliders land (with warnings to look up before you cross,) followed by some magnificent Pacific Northwest Forest.



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Partway up, there was a tree with Christmas lights on it. A strange, seasonal touch.


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Before the very top, there's a clear area with a bench.


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When I reached the top, I wasn't surprised that there wasn't much of a view that day.

But, I wasn't dissatisfied either. The same misty fog that ruined paragliders' plans made the forest all the more magical.


This is about as clear as the view got.
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And so, I descended, leaving the would be paragliders to continue hanging around in my absence.



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The only airborne mammal I saw that day.
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