I took the day off and tagged along with my friends Bill and Dave on the Chirico Trail near Issaquah today. (Some of the information that follows is from pnwhikes.com). 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. We ran into a few intrepid paragliders making their way up the steep trail with 60lb packs. 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. We ended up at the north one (look for the green strip of ‘run way’ on the left of the last picture. That is Lake Sammamish in the distance with views of Issaquah, Bellevue and Seattle.
The trail is about 3 miles long. It took us a little over an hour to make it to the top, and about the same time down. I will post a picture of the three of us when I get it!