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Chirico Trail
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Chirico Trail
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.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
View 3.2 mi 3 / 5 7.7 / 10 1650 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Dogs

Accessibility
Year round

Permits
No permits needed, parking is free

Maps
Green Trails: #204S Tiger Mountain
USGS: Fall City, Hobart
 
Hike Featured In...
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By Dan A. Nelson
Driving Directions:
From Seattle, east on I-90 to exit 17, Front Street. Turn right off the freeway and travel 2.8 miles to the gravel parking area on the left. The trailhead is across the field.
Contact Information:
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
South Puget Sound Region
950 Farman Avenue N
Enumclaw, Wa 98022
Tel: 360.825.1631
Fax: 360.825.1672
southpuget.region@dnr.wa.gov
http://www.dnr.wa.gov

Chirico Trail trailhead in Issaquah A paraglider nears the landing area The second of many paragliders that were out that day An example of Chirico Trails ruggedness The lush green colors near the beginning of the hike A faint Mount Rainier in the distance towards the south A beautiful sunset with Squak and Cougar Mountains in the distance, Lake Sammamish can be seen to the right Another view of the path at Chrico Trail A paraglider taking of from Poo Poo Point Chirico Trail - From Jason Camp's hike report on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Chirico Trail - From snagaduck's hike report on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Chirico Trail - From snagaduck's hike report on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Chirico Trail - From jarodmartin's hike report on Sunday, March 03, 2013. Chirico Trail - From TreeStomper's hike report on Tuesday, February 01, 2011. Chirico Trail - From TreeStomper's hike report on Tuesday, February 01, 2011. View from POO POO point near sunset. - From snowlover's hike report on Thursday, July 01, 2010. Chirico Trail - From joypoy's hike report on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. View from the top - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. A view that was enjoyed by all... found this dude on the paraglide ramp. - From justinc's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Me, my hubby and baby boy - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Chirico Trail - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010. Grassy clearing before the top - From SDSchacht's hike report on Monday, February 08, 2010.
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