We finally got to hike a local favorite this past weekend!
I’ve been hearing about Poo Poo Point from several people I have worked with and had been wanting to give it a try for about a year now. This past weekend we finally gave it a try!
Location: Issaquah Alps — Tiger Mountain
Length: 3.8 Miles, round trip
Elevation Gain: 1760 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate, but can be difficult for those out of shape. (me!)
Distance from Seattle: About 30 minutes
Tips: Since this trail is so close to the city, I would get there as early as you can muster. More and more people are hitting the trails thanks to Instagram so they can become crowded and loud.
This trail was really a nice, well kept trail, but definitely a bit of a difficult one for me (Chelsea). I am a bit out of shape (thank you Winter and Netflix…) so I had to take frequent breaks on the uphill. The group I went with though, all seemed to take the trail in stride and showed no need for rest. They killed it! 🙂
The trail mostly switchbacks all the way up to the first clearing which gives you a great view of Mt. Rainier and the mountains in that range. I found this to be the most rewarding view, even more so than actual Poo Poo Point.
After the first clearing there is a short trail up to Poo Poo Point. This is the end of the trail and the highest point. At this lookout, there is a view of Issaquah down below, and Bellevue in the distance. This is also a popular spot for para-gliders to take off from!
I found this view, while still a nice one, not as dramatic as the Mt. Rainier view. In all honesty, I don’t think this was my favorite trail. I think it was nice because of its proximity to Seattle, but I think there are trails with the same amount of difficulty that have better views, making it a bit more worth it.
Do you agree? Tell me what you think!
All in all, it was a fun trail and I learned that I need a StairMaster, but it was a great morning spent with friends. 🙂