Mount Si

High Point: 4,184ft

New Trail: 8m 3,150ft Old Trail: 7.4m 3450ft

If you’re driving east on i-90 from Seattle the first mountain that really catches your eye is Mount Si. Because of this it’s one of the most popular mountains in Washington. It’s a good test of your endurance as you gain 3,000ft in 4 miles on a well maintained trail. Most people stop at 3,900ft as the haystack summit requires some scrambling with one don’t-F-up move.

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From Snoqaulmie Mountain:

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From Kaleetan Peak with Seattle right behind:

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1st Trip: 03/25/17

Great hike with easy access all year round even while it’s dumping snow.

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After hoping over a set of boulders at 3,900ft you have some flat ground to rest up. I learned here that Whiskey Jacks/Grey Jays love to hang out at almost all summits in the PNW.

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For the true summit you’ll keep following the trail until your reach the backside of the haystack. From here it’s a scramble that I wouldn’t take in wet conditions. Below is the view of the backside of the haystack from Mount Teneriffe.

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We turned back but we were happy to fulfill a Washington right of passage!

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2nd Trip: 09/13/17

Back for a quick solo trip to tag the true summit and to test out the old trail. An ‘old trail’ usually means it’s short and steep, my favorite!

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3rd Trip: 03/18/18

Our 1st time with Moose!

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