Poo Poo Point Trailhead in Issaquah, WA

Near Issaquah, Washington, Poo Poo Point Trailhead is a popular hiking spot. Located on the shoulder of West Tiger Mountain State Forest in the Cougar Mountains, this trail takes visitors up to an incline to beautiful views of Mount Rainier. The trail peak is a popular place for hang gliders and paragliders to use as their launching point.

You start the trail at a slow incline, but it becomes steeper as you cross creeks and follow Many Creeks Valley. After crossing the bridge at Gap Creek, there is an area where you can take a break or explore. It isn’t a rocky path. During the wet season, it can get muddy.

The trail is in good condition and well-maintained. It can get crowded during the weekends and summers but is often more open during the weekdays. Shade from trees covers the entire trail.


11400 Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Issaquah, WA 98027


Open 24 hours


This trail is considered a challenging route.


6.6 miles

Trail Begins

There are two trailheads from where you can begin your hike: the northern and the southern side. You will find the northern trailhead at the end of SE Evans Street, where it is marked with a sign that says “Trail,” which will lead you to another sign that says “High School Trail.”

If you start at the southern trailhead, it begins along 2nd Avenue. Head east and follow the unsigned trail away from the small parking lot. When you hit the sign reading “High School Trail,” you’ll know you’re on the right track. Avoid taking paths into the forest as that will take you off Poo Poo Point Trail.

Gear To Bring

Make sure to bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes. Depending on the weather, the path might be muddy in some areas, so wear shoes you can clean easily afterward.


Visitors rate this trail 4.4 out of 5 stars. They loved the steady incline and the beautiful viewpoint from the top. Visitors also found it pleasant to walk under the shade of the trees. However, some visitors found it too crowded during peak times while some had difficulty finding parking.


Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times.


There is no fee to hike Poo Poo Point Trail.

Hike Time

The average hiking time is about 3 hours and 47 minutes.

Best Seasons

The trail is beautiful to visit all year round. However, it may be muddier during the rainy season in the winter and spring.


1,794 ft.


There are a couple of different areas to park. You can either find a spot near Issaquah High School on 2nd Avenue or go to the large gravel lot on Issaquah Hobart Road. If you can’t find any parking, there is a lot across the street you can park at for $5.

Route Type

Out and back

Bikes Allowed

Bikes are not allowed on this trail.

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