One of the most strenuous hikes in Seattle’s area, the Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point is a great choice if you want to see paragliders. The loop trail is located near Issaquah, Washington. It’s 7.1 kilometers in length and has a total elevation gain of 497 m. Dogs as allowed, but you have to keep them on a leash.
This very popular and rewarding hike is perfect if you want to have a picnic or want to see paragliders. The hike is short and steep and offers a great view from the summit. You will see signs asking you to look skyward before you get to the trailhead. The paragliders take this trail as well, and you can see them either in the morning or evening.
There is a parking lot near the trailhead. You will see the trail that you have to take across the landing field. The first is very steep and mostly contains stone steps; it’s very picturesque. You might feel like you are seeing a Chinese landscape painting, but don’t worry, there are many who feels this. The first part that you will be climbing is called Yah-er Wall. This trail is often crowded, and even on a weekday, you should expect to see many hikers.
Continue climbing and you will go through the forest, will both large and small trees, and vine maples. There are some seasonal streams, so if you are wearing waterproof shoes, it can be very helpful.
Keep hiking and at about 1.2 miles, the hike becomes less steep. At 1.5 miles, you will have two options, take the steep shortcut or the longer and better trail. You will reach the South Launch Viewpoint at about 1.7 miles. If you feel tired, it’s a very good spot to take a break and regain your energy. While you are resting, you can enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Rainier, hopefully, there won’t be clouds.
The trail will ascend by 138 feet during the next quarter mile. That’s when you will reach Poo Poo Point. It’s a great spot to spend some time, take pictures, and have a picnic. It also offers a great view of Lake Sammamish.