Reaching the pinnacle at Poo Poo Point in Issaquah

Sportswriter Shaun Scott hikes to the top of Poo Poo Point

Sportswriter Shaun Scott hiked to the summit of Poo Poo Point on Sept. 24 in Issaquah.

I’ve never have been an avid hiker or outdoorsman despite growing up in the small town of Belfair in Mason County.

In August 2015, I ascended to the summit of Mount Si in North Bend with childhood friend James Martin. It was the first time I had partaken in a hiking adventure since I hiked Green Mountain in Kitsap County in June 2000 during my senior year of high school. Shortly following my hike at Mount Si in the summer of 2015, I told friends and family members I planned on taking up mountaineering as a new hobby.

It never happened.

It took 13 months but I finally got back on the proverbial hiking trail. Martin, who climbed Mount Saint Helens as a 12 year old, suggested in early September that Poo Poo Point would be a moderately challenging hike for me. Poo Poo Point, which is 6.8 miles roundtrip, was 1.2 miles shorter than Mount Si. Finally on Saturday, Sept. 24, Martin and I trekked to Issaquah for my first hike of 2016. As we began our trek up the gargantuan sized uphill terrain, I felt exactly the same way I did when Martin and I hiked Mount Si in 2015. In the first mile I could feel the pain setting in ferociously in my lower back and calves. Martin informed me of my poor posture, which included hunching over while walking uphill, during the first half of the journey. As we continued the jaunt, I asked a few hikers who were on their way down from the summit, how much further I did indeed have to go until I reached the end. Each of them remarked, “You’re almost there.” They could tell I was extremely fatigued by my body language and were kind enough to offer words of encouragement. It felt like forever but we finally we made it to the top of Poo Poo Point. The view from the pinnacle of Poo Poo Point is absolutely spectacular. The Issaquah, Sammamish and Bellevue regions are easily visible from the vantage point on a clear day. After taking a 15-minute break, which included consuming a roast beef sandwich for lunch, Martin and I meandered back down the trail toward civilization.

During the walk down I nearly lost my balance twice due to soreness in my feet and subpar shoes, but luckily I regained my bearings and remained upright and was able to return to my 2013 Subaru Legacy in the parking lot unscathed. Hiking is an absolutely great workout. It is a physically and mentally taxing activity, which is probably the reason why so many different people enjoy mountaineering. I just can’t wait another 13 months to partake in another hike!

 

More in Sports

Witnessing a historic sports moment was a memorable experience

A quick weekend trip to California was unforgettable.

Shaun Scott, staff photo
                                Bellevue Christian ace pitcher Eric Kats, left, and infielder Daniel Teramato, right, are looking to lead their team to the Class 1A state baseball tournament this May.
Vikings are dominating on the diamond in 2018

Bellevue Christian is having a breakthrough season on the diamond.

Photo Courtesy of Maddi Davidson
Bellevue’s Boettcher kicks grass and takes names

Two sisters tell the story of a Bellevue woman who helped pioneer women’s soccer in the region.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
                                Mercer Island player Alex Platou, left, and Interlake defender Charlie Myhran, right, battle for possession of the ball in the first half of play on April 11 at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Mercer Island defeated Interlake 2-1 in the contest.
Islanders defeat Saints in rivalry showdown on the soccer field

Interlake nearly ties the game in the closing seconds.

Jemal, Campana dive onto USA Junior National ultimate teams

Three Cedars Waldorf coach is blessed to have guided the duo along their journey.

Playing multiple sports creates better, healthier kids, says physical therapist

Special to the Reporter In an era of specialization in sports involving… Continue reading

Shaun Scott, staff photo
                                Bellevue Bulldogs freshman infielder Megan Marino is dominating at the plate thus far during the 2018 season. Marino is batting .540 and has 21 RBI in 12 games played during the season. The Bulldogs currently have an overall record of 16-1.
Marino is making a sizable impact in first season with Bulldogs

Bellevue Bulldogs softball team is dominating its opponents in early season action.

Goucher to host baseball camp in April

Former professional baseball player and Atlanta Braves scout Steve Goucher will conduct… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                The Bellevue Wolverines girls lacrosse team lost 16-3 to the Mercer Island Islanders on March 21. Bellevue players Kimberly Nickerson, Abby Parrish and Lily Weingaertner each recorded a goal apiece in the loss. The Wolverines dropped to 2-1 overall with the loss while Mercer Island improved their overall record to 4-0.
Islanders defeat Wolverines in rivalry lacrosse showdown

Wolverines suffer first loss of 2018 season.