Don’t let the name fool you: it’s a funny name, but NOT a funny hike!
First things first. Poo Poo Point is located on Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, WA. It was about a 45 minute drive from Puyallup (where we live) with a pretty incredible view of Lake Sammamish and the town of Issaquah. It was cloudy when we were up there, but apparently on a clear day, you can also see Mt. Rainier too.
Oh, and it’s called Poo Poo Point because of the steam whistle sounds heard throughout the mountains in the early days of logging. (Yes, I had to look that up.) It’s also a conservation area so there’s LOTS of signs about wildlife and what to do if you see a bear or a cougar. 😐
Davey and I bought each other new hiking boots this Christmas, so we were looking for an excuse to break them in. It’s listed as a moderate, 7.2 mile hike with a 2,000ft elevation gain. We’ve done worse, so we figured we’d be fine. We headed out with our new gear and practically skipped to the trailhead.
Fast forward 20 minutes to find us both wheezing and gasping for air. I would consider us both a bit above average hikers and this hike was pretty intense, in my opinion. And maybe it wasn’t the smartest idea for us to do any hiking right after all of the Christmas food we put away…
Whatever, I’m not apologizing for all that shrimp I ate; totally worth it.
Anyway, the majority of it is just straight up a never-ending hill. There are also switch backs towards the end, so that’s a nice little treat too. (Sense the sarcasm.) We did have a little trouble towards the end of the hike, as the signs were confusing. If you go, continue to hike downhill and then back up what looks like a service road. You’re going the right way. Even though there’s a sign that says the Poo Poo Trail is the opposite way. Thank you to all the hikers who helped steer us in the right direction.
And sorry to the couple of hikers that we steered in the wrong direction. Really hope you made it back.
Once we got to the top, it really was pretty spectacular up there. We even got to see some paragliders before we started the trek back down. In the end, we logged a total of 8.1 miles and it took us about 4 hours from start to finish. And our gear held up great. 🙂