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odogg0824Yup...also a first summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2007


This mountain gets a lot of chuckles from hardcore climbers but for newbies like me Mt Si is no joke. The elevation gain is close to 4000 feet which for a 4 mile trail is pretty steep. After 2-1/2 miles of switchbacks there is another mile and a half of...even steeper switchbacks. The top was rocky but offered nice scenery and there were several rocks that one could just lie down and snooze on (which I did for a bit). Mt Si is known for being crowded but we went on a weekday morning and didn't run into too many people although the top had quite a few visitors at any one time.
My wife and I longed for hiking poles on the way back down as our knees were jarred pretty good but all in all this was a great first summit experience. We can't wait to do it again soon.
Posted Oct 28, 2007 1:15 am

DoehleSo many people  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007


So crowded, felt like a amusment park
Posted Sep 25, 2007 5:38 pm

cthomsonfinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2007


Been in the area for a few months and FINALLY was able to make it out to Mt Si. Nice family hike, with a succesful climb of the haystack.
Posted Sep 23, 2007 11:06 pm

nasakyeah yeah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


Mt Si is the classic conditioning hike around here. I've been up Si a few times to train for other large Cascade peaks. After the first time, I've never been that excited about it. There are so many other amazing places to go ... It's also very populated -- The old trail is less populated, but I think that idea is catching on as I've seen more people on it lately.
Posted Aug 19, 2007 2:58 am

bmwboarder7Surprised  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2007


The hike up is quick and fairly easy going. My wife and I were quite surprised at the steepness of the scramble at the end though. Still worth it to get to the top. Good views, and it was fun to watch an American Kestrel fly around beneath us.
Posted Jul 29, 2007 8:49 pm

Bruce ChristensenMostly there
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006

Bruce Christensen

Climbed most of the way with some friends, but skipped the rock scramble at the top because some of our group wasn't up to it. It took about two hours to make it to the base of the rock at a pretty leisurely pace.
Posted May 28, 2007 2:14 pm

KrylonFamiliar Friend


I've been to the hiking top maybe a dozen times, but for some reason that scramble makes me nervous. Have attempted and backed off of it twice (started to rain once and there was snow on top the second). One of these days.
Posted May 24, 2007 6:22 pm

RedwicGreat Workout!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2007


I used this hike to help train for Mount Rainier. I actually went on two hikes: April 22 (with another SP poster) and then one week later, April 29, by myself.
I took a 20-lb pack with me during the April 29 trip: Ascending to the trail's summit in 100 minutes, and then half-jogging/ half-walking during a 50-minute descent. I have yet to climb the entire Haystack Scramble; that will be my next Mount Si trip.
Posted May 11, 2007 4:40 pm

Cascade ScramblerMain trail and Haystack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2007

Cascade Scrambler

Hiked the trail for the first time as a training hike for a planned Rainier summit attempt in June. Took us two hours and forty minutes to get up to the Haystack. This included 10 minutes to find my partner's lost contact and time to talk to a member of the Mountaineers and another fellow who had ample Rainier advice for us. I scrambled up the Haystack with my 50lb pack on my back which made the scramble awkward, but the view was totally worth it. We made it back down in under 90 minutes, including a 10 minute break at the first set of benches (mile 1 or so?).

This was a great hike that really worked us with our 50lb packs on our backs. We'll return again, I'm sure.
Posted Apr 24, 2007 11:52 pm

lukicGood training spot, but quite a bore  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2005


I can definately see why people like this for a training area, but the trail is quite boring until the end. Still, it is a hell of a work out if you go quick.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 3:54 am

CruxPhotosone bored day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2003


got bored one day and decided to solo up this...I usually just goto the rock climbing spots lower on little si. One of the few places overhanging enough to stay dry in the rain.
Posted Feb 21, 2007 5:16 pm

nodbodSi oh Si...  Sucess!


Been up this COUNTLESS times. I despise it now. The view is not that good, unless you really like North Bend, and there are over a 100 ppl/day hiking this trail. If you go up, go up the old trail that starts from the little Si parking lot. Much less people, nicer scenery and a steeper trail. A great trail to run down!
Posted Jan 16, 2007 5:33 pm

osatrikNew Years Day Tradition
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2007


A large group of OSAT hikers carry on a tradition begun by our founder before the organization was established by hiking Si on New Years Day. Typically 20+ participate, some of whom also climb Si on Thanksgiving and Christmas (the "Tri Si"). Compact snow and ice on the upper 700 vertical of the trail made most hikers happy to have traction devices this year.
Posted Jan 3, 2007 9:21 pm

bc44caesarMain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2006


28 Sep 2006 - A nice hike with a fun scramble to the top. Nice vertical relief down to the valley.

11 May 2007 - Great day. Decided to cruise up with some "extra" weight for training. Lots of people out enjoying the hike.
Posted Nov 8, 2006 6:16 pm

Andy DeweyMain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2006

Andy Dewey

Quite a bit of snow, scramble to top was very icy and dangerous in a few places. Great views, beautiful day!
Posted Oct 31, 2006 12:48 am

jtmerrillSummer outing  Sucess!


wonderful views and great times with old friends. Great areas for trail running if there are no crowds
Posted Oct 23, 2006 6:23 pm

RomaKNormal trail  Sucess!


1 hr 25 mins to the base of the Haystack and a nice scramble from there. Beautiful day, great views.
Posted Sep 21, 2006 7:55 am

madmallardfinally, a summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006


I couldn't tell how many times that I have hiked up to the summit plateau on si and never climbed the haystack. today was great for a scramble and si needed to get checked off the list. no wind, too many bugs on top. fotunately, none that bite.
Posted Sep 5, 2006 5:18 am

Martin Cash4X  Sucess!

Martin Cash

Hiked up 4X. Definately a hill not a mountain. Good training though. My best time was 3:41 and my worst was just under 4 hours car to car. Extremely popular.
Posted Aug 3, 2006 6:33 pm

LeviMt. Si Main Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2006


We left the house at 3am. Then reached the TH at 6:30am and started hiking about the same time. Made the summit at 10am with no one else around. After the summit we went over to the other peak and got some more pictures. Then slowly walked back to the TH and got there at 2pm. Good hike and fun scramble. Weather was hazy and partly cloudy.
Posted Jun 30, 2006 2:12 am

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