The Chirico Trail is a lovely spot located just off of I-90 in Issaquah. It is conveniently located and after about 700 feet of elevation the noise from any roads disappears. It is easy to reach and leaves the user in the forest and forgetting how close I-90 and Highway 18 are for most of the trail. The south launch area allows the users to have lovely valley views while looking out over the top of the nudist colony. The north launch area of Poo-Poo Point allows the user to have lovely views of the Lake Sammamish and Issaquah.
Standard day-hiking gear is utilized and what is required will depend upon the day. In winter, the trail can be wet from rain or slippery with ice, depending on the weather. In summer, the trail is used more frequently and ofter users are found hiking up wearing shorts and t-shirts. Again, watch out of the pilots about to land as one enters the landing zone (LZ) at beginning and conclusion of the trail.
From south launch the trail continues to north launch
Crossing the south launch grassy area, the trail continues to the north launch at Poo-Poo Point. There is a road loop that allows the Tiger Mountain Shuttle to turn around to descend the roadway. The Chirico Trail does not utilize this road.
This section of the trail is the final bit of trail to reach the north launch area. At the top of the crest, hikers will frequently see hang glider and paraglider pilots setting up their wings in preparation for flight.
This area of the trail was once used as a bail-out area for pilots that launched from the south launch and were unable to make it around the side of the hill to get to the LZ in the valley below. It is clearly distinguishable by the change in terrain and tree size.
This was my first 'real hike' since I was a kid (I'm 35). I've recently lost weight and taken up running but it's not really satisfying to me. I'd been wanting to try hiking some of the trails in the area and finally on the recommendation of a friend tried this one. It was a lot more challenging than I expected, but still a great trail for a novice or someone not in the best of shape. And boy are the views worth it! I can't wait to come back with the partner and dogs and make a day trip out of it! Visited on Sep 08, 2012