Thursday, April 21, 2011

Poo Poo Point, Issaquah WA

Once again, we were looking for a nice elevation gain with no snow.  Poo Poo Point is what we decided....Monika's choice this time!  Although, I think she was second guessing herself about 2 miles in as no one really talks about the steepness of this trail!  The view is worth every second, so don't get scared away.  Now a few things to know about Poo Poo.  The start is a little tough to find.  Once you get on to Second Street follow that to SE Evans and take a right.  You will find a little parking area to the right after the stop sign.  You will also hear the gun club!  Follow the fence around the softball field. Stay by the fence!!! (We didn't and got ourselves a little side trip away from everything and loads of puddles and mini lakes to go around! Not to mention someone living in a tent out there!)  So stay by the fence until you get to the far side of the school and then take the fork to the main path.  There is a yellow gate to go around.  (If you see a gate that you can only crawl under and then a bunch of junked out've gone the wrong way....we go the wrong way alot! lol)  After you get on the trail, it's an easy find....lots of signs...lots of cool little bridges.  Not too many hikers out, which may have been due to the mud.  Wear higher boots and if you own gaiters, I suggest them.  It's slippery and muddy as all hell!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Little Si, North Bend WA

After watching all the weather reports, we decided on a short, easy hike.  Little Si was what we decided on.  Plus there is always the loop to add 1.5 miles if we needed a little something extra.  We arrived early at 9:30 and had to park in the overflow parking lot a little further from the trail head.  Not too many people on our way up and it was an easy hike to the peak.  Lots of mud, but no snow.  Wearing gaiters was a great idea by Terah.  I haven't bothered buying a pair.....but will soon.  On the way back down, loads of hikers heading up with their dogs.  It was almost a dog parade! :)  We planned on hitting a loop--even started up--between the river coming down the loop trail....and yes it was a river flowing....added with the rain we decided to turn back and head to the truck.  Pito gets cold fast and we didn't want him all miserable.  Back to the parking lot, we were 'hunted' for our parking lot.  Loads of people wanting to head up for a quick hike.  5 miles total, took us 2 hrs 7 minutes.  Pito enjoyed his spring training..........

Rock climbing anyone?

Mountain dog!