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Tiger Mountain: Chirico Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Chirico Trail provides the shortest and easiest hike to two of the finest vistas anywhere in the Issaquah Alps, including spectacular Poo Poo Point. If the wind is right, you may share the trail with paragliders who launch from the top and fill the sky with their colorful sails, an unforgettable sight."
--Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
Lived in Issaquah 12 years and can't believe I never did this hike. Yes, don't be fooled by the word 'easiest' in the description. The elevation gain is RELENTLESS on this hike. You will need to be in pretty good shape to do this hike without stopping for a breather a few times (depending on how hot it is.) But the reward at the top is worth it (view of Rainier then move to paraglider take off and be awed by these crazy/brave people. Be sure to go on a clear day when there are paragliders. Small children (under 10) would have a tough time on this one but could do it with several rest stops along the way.
Steep trail with many rocks placed to make the trail easier. Beautiful view at the top. The forest itself is worth the hike, but go all the way!
Don't let the phrase 'easiest to hike' fool you by any means. Maybe that's true relative to other hikes in this range, but this was definitely not a hike for those who don't like to hike. But the view at the top was definitely worth it!
Great after work trail. Nothing better than to take a quick hike after a stressful day at work and then being able to enjoy viewing all the paragliders at the top.
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