Poo Poo Point (Chirico Trail) - March 26, 2014
The weekly Wednesday pilgrimage to the trails brought us to the Chirico trail leading up to Poo Poo Point. At 1.9 miles each way, with 1800 feet of elevation gain, the trail is short, sweet, and at times steep.
Our evening started out wading through sticky mud in the paraglider landing area. Past that, the trail began climbing up the mountain. Here the trail is in good condition and has plenty of stones to help prevent erosion. I would not want to bring a litter down this trail! While sufficiently wide for hiking, the first half of the trail traverses across a fairly steep slope. Rocky, rutted terrain underfoot, inability to have folks on both sides of the litter, and a steep downhill would be ... interesting.
After the halfway point, conveniently marked by a bench to rest at, the trail widens and becomes less steep.
The trail forks three ways when it reaches the lower takeoff point. Going left is the proper trail. Having never been up there before, I chose poorly and went straight. This takes you straight up the hill.
The upper takeoff point is not far beyond the first, lower one. We reached the top, took a few quick pictures, and made our way down without event.
I don't normally like Tiger Mountain, but this trail could become a favorite. It's steep enough that it gives a good workout, has a great view at the top, and is close to civilization.
Stats: 3.8 miles roundtrip; 1697ft elevation gain; 1hr,44min,51sec
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