The view from Poo Poo Point. Credit: Amy Brockhaus
Gateway to the sky
Poo Poo Point, Issaquah
For kids and adults who have the energy to take on a two-mile hike uphill, this amusingly named destination in the Issaquah Alps offers huge rewards. (Not that it makes any difference to a snickering 7-year-old, but the name refers to the loggers’ steam whistles that once resounded through these hills.) After ascending the Chirico Trail (look for a view of Mount Rainier along the way), you come to a broad, clear area, with a sweeping view of Lake Sammamish, Issaquah and Bellevue. Watch the paragliders set themselves up, check and recheck the wind, and finally launch themselves into the breeze. As for where to set up picnic camp, there are two picnic tables and a composting toilet. (No running water here.)
Eats: Pick up artisan bread, sticky buns and other baked goods from Forest Fairy Bakery (485 Front St. N., D-1, Issaquah; closed on Sundays). For decent sandwiches and salads, stop at Panera Bread (775 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah).