A gentle breeze blew a few yellow leaves upon the trail as an early sign of fall and the sky was slightly overcast providing a nice break from the summer heat as ten Cascadian trekkers began their journey to the west summit of Tiger Mountain, Poo Poo Point.
TOTAGO Group Hiking Events co-founder Aaron Perlmutter and Marketing Intern Emma Sparrow Joined CascadiaNow!’s Program Manager Andrew Schlosser, his wife Tephra, son Atlas, and their dog Bowser along with five members of Seattle Transit Hikers Meet Up for a beautiful hike to Poo Poo Point near Issaquah, Washington. Our group was diverse with hiking skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced but everyone enjoyed the hike and the expansive view at the summit.
This hike was one of several going on that day through TOTAGO Group Hiking Events. Other group hikes were to Mount Si, Washington and Table Rock in Boise, Idaho. These hikes are all a part of TOTAGO Group Hiking Events mission to get people outdoors.
Everyone participating in the Poo Poo Point group hike met at the High School Trailhead near the Issaquah high school football field marked with a Cascadia Doug Flag. To break the ice and get to know each other a bit better, Andrew Schlosser asked the group names, what brings them hiking, and what animal they would like to see on the trail. Popular answers for the latter question included bears and cougars which are local to the Issaquah area although none of the group spotted any that day.
Poo Poo Point is not the highest point on Tiger Mountain but it qualifies as it’s west summit. The trail is a moderate skill level hike at 7.2 miles long round trip with an 1858-foot elevation gain.
Taylor McAvoy is a Junior at the University of Washington pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She has been a writer and photographer for the university's newspaper The Daily for more than a year focusing on editorial reporting and arts event coverage. She is currently vice president elect of the Society of Professional Journalist’s (SPJ) University of Washington chapter. She is also working on her own as a freelance journalist and photographer.