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skookGreat for training  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2005

skook

Nice trail with a good scramble to keep it interesting. Good training day hike. Too bad it was so cloudy that day.
Posted Aug 31, 2009 5:38 pm

RedwicA lot of natural handholds, but...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009

Redwic

... the final summit block took me by surprise. I would have been more comfortable if I had not been solo, but I persevered. One small slip, and I would have been a goner. The trail, however, was awesome. I loved seeing the old-growth trees; some of the largest I have ever seen in Washington are on this mountain. There was a small family of mountain goats (one mother, three babies) at the summit, which darted away before I could take a photo of them. Some fresh cougar tracks were near the summit, as well.
Posted Aug 17, 2009 6:16 pm

WeatherManGood quick-trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

WeatherMan

Nice trainig climb with a fun scramble section at the top. Nothing much scarrier than Si for example, but a bit more exposed.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 12:04 pm

farrisglOutstanding view of the I90 corridor  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 1990

farrisgl

Hiked this on a really clear Pacific Northwest day in the late afternoon. The view off the top of the butte provided a strikingly good look down on I90.
Posted Mar 4, 2009 1:07 am

Curtissimowith Magellan  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2005

Curtissimo

scramble is pretty easy in dry weather (not for kids though)
Posted Dec 20, 2008 5:21 pm

TheBootfitterSolo via Trail #1015  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2008

TheBootfitter

Good training hike, though nothing extraordinary about the hike itself. The scramble at the top definitely got my attention! Though technically quite easy (class 2-3), the exposure is pretty significant. It took me a few moments to gather my courage and get to the top. Great views on a mostly clear day! I saw Baker, Glacier, Stuart, Rainier & Adams!
Posted Nov 17, 2008 7:53 pm

gimpilatorBusy busy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 16, 2008

gimpilator

Good to be back. This was an unofficial OSAT trip. There were about 8 of us in our group and a total of 21 people and 4 dogs on the summit.
Posted Nov 16, 2008 10:43 pm

bgratiasBetter than Si  Sucess!
The drive is a little longer than for Mt. Si, but it is worth it because it is a longer hike with fewer people.
Posted Oct 29, 2008 4:42 pm

lukicNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2008

lukic

Nice conditioning hike with a little scramble at the end.
Posted Oct 1, 2008 11:15 pm

JerGreat hike close to Seattle  Sucess!

Jer

Great day hike with good views. The scramble at the end gets you clear of the trees for good views.
Posted Aug 19, 2008 3:18 pm

bmwboarder7Sweet hike and scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008

bmwboarder7

All around a good hike. There were lots of mosquitos, and even in late July there was more snow then I planned on, making the last little bit quite fun, but otherwise good. The weather was great, the scramble was fun and not too hard, though I agree there is some definite exposure. Also saw several Pileated Woodpeckers, probably the most I've ever seen in one place. No mtn goats though sadly.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 12:05 am

Dan Winterstandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2000

Dan Winter

I have been up this a number of times. Turned back on one attempt because of rhime ice on the final scramble part. Everyone I know calls this mountain McClellans Butt!
Posted Jun 6, 2008 5:10 pm

DoehleGood Conditioner  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2006

Doehle

Nice scramble at the top
Posted Sep 25, 2007 5:40 pm

pkrebsMain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

pkrebs

Good conditioning hike, very similar to Mt. Si but a little longer. Short scramble to the top was fun.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 4:57 pm

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Krylon

Been up there four or five times. Never the scramble to the summit though
Posted May 24, 2007 6:12 pm

nodbodFun Hike  Sucess!

nodbod

Hiked it many times with DAF... Fun little scramble at the top. Good if you want to avoid the crowds on Si...
Posted Jan 19, 2007 10:45 pm

RdyHikerMountain Goats on this Side of the Pass!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2006

RdyHiker

And would you believe neither my hiking partner nor I brought our cameras that day?! Two goats - they looked to be young'ens - stared down at us as we rounded the last corner. We were not the only hikers amazed to see them there. The other handful of people on the trail were as stunned and excited as we were. Terrific day, aside from the goats, also- perfect weather, great new hiking buddy and a good workout. I like this trail despite the grim trek up the road at the start. I'll like it even more when the very latest newly blazed section, bypassing the road, opens soon.
Posted Dec 20, 2006 10:13 pm

larryNGood alternative to Mt Si  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2005

larryN

Like others have said, be careful at the top. After hiking on a trail for the entire approach, the final scramble exposure gets your attention.
Posted Dec 4, 2006 3:56 am

Kyle Bissellbeast hike
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2006

Kyle Bissell

Made it to the base of the summit scramble with about 1.5 hours of daylight left... decided to wait until a day with more time. New trail reworking by the WTA is wonderful, however it does make the hike about 10-15 minutes longer.
Posted Nov 12, 2006 7:27 pm

osatrikBest of the Corridor  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 1993

osatrik

Date is my first climb -- the year they were working on the Mt. Si trail and had it closed. I've hiked it at least once a year since then, and frequently several times a year.

Of all the hikes along I-90 from Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass, this is the best for (1) easy access (2) good trail (3) nice views (4) pleasant scramble at the top.

Ever since they closed the old trail (bridge was wiped out by the creek in the 1990s) that followed an old wooden pipeline, and moved the trailhead to the current location, I've been torn between doing that, with the long traverse to the real trail, or going up the forest service road that cuts off the lower mile.

Hint -- if you go to the actual trailhead, take the old, overgrown road bed just below the forest service road for the traverse. Its much more pleasant thank hiking 3/8 mile on the gravel.

During the winter and spring you can cut off the large loop to the south by going up the steep avalanche gully if you are comfortable on steep (up to 45 degree) snow and alpine ice. Makes a great spring climb when the conditions are good, and was the way I climbed the mountain the first 3 or 4 times I did it.
Posted Aug 26, 2006 4:36 pm

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