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Friday Morning Hiking

I woke up this morning to cold bright blue skies. In the distance though were some dark and dreary looking rain clouds hovering. I took the gamble, dropped the boy off at school and drove over to Issaquah, Wa. I had an idea and figured I could make it in between rain showers. I seem to every year end up doing Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain, usually in spring. (Poo Poo Point is also a very popular area for gliders as well, they hike up and float back down)

I loved this tree, covered in moss with tiny ferns sprouting all over it:

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Better yet was the really small sign that proclaimed “DANGER!” but you had to get pretty close to read the rest 😉

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Dicentra coming into bloom:

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Purple Trillium:

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I asked the resident plant nerd (Teresa) what this field was that was about to open up, on the edge of the artificial meadow. She said they were Colts Foot.

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I reached the first landing, where the view is from Lake Washington/Renton on the right all the way to the foothills going into Mt. Rainier (well, some where behind that iron wall……). If I looked hard enough I am sure I could have picked out my house. I did laugh though….I have never been up there in good weather. The view of Rainier has to be good. Someday?

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After the first opening/meadow (the south launch viewpoint) you dart up through the woods for a little more till you pop out at Poo Poo Point (the north launch viewoint). The view is a wide one. To the left you see Squak Mountain, with Cougar Mountain behind it.

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The main view is the city of Issaquah far below with Lake Sammamish below.

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It was very cold up there, I could see my breath. I quickly pulled on layers and had a snack. I nibbled on a Luna Cookie in Chocolate Mint and a banana….of which a moochie black lab tried to walk off with my banana peel. Dim witted but cute dog.

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The hike down went fast, I trail ran a number of sections – it seemed to just be easier to run the steep sections than to kill my knees braking.

As I reached the bottom and went to drive home the dark clouds were moving in faster. It was a good hike though, seeing the flowers popping open made me happy, that spring might actually be arriving finally. Poo Poo Point is a good early spring hike, it is 1.8 miles or so each way with a gain of 1600 feet or so. A good thigh and leg burner!

~Sarah

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