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live2climb90Good training  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008

live2climb90

Its a great training hike....but not as much of a climb. theres a lot of people up there all summer obviously.
Posted Jun 4, 2009 2:27 am

taxinvestorClear Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2009

taxinvestor

A+ views. No snow.
Posted May 22, 2009 6:29 pm

Merlin736The Gold Standard

Merlin736

For anyone living in Seattle, Mt. Si is a close, beautiful hike, and effective for training too. Have gone both light and heavy, in winter and summer. First time remember tons of snow and the Gray Jays on top. My second time, I topped the haystack in poor weather. From the top, a seasoned mountaineer pointed out the different peaks of the Eastern Front of the Olympics, singling out The Brothers, and my future became clear. Notably, saw a family of short-tailed weasels running among the summit rocks in the summer.
Posted Mar 6, 2009 10:14 pm

farrisglOne of my faviorite local Seattle Area dayhikes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 1990

farrisgl

Hiked this nice peak on several occasions while living in the Seattle area in the late 1980s to early 1990's
Posted Mar 4, 2009 12:59 am

sourstrawjust dandy...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2006

sourstraw

One of my first hikes in Washington - remarkably uncrowded ... had to hike out in the dark and rescue some people who didn't have any lights. It gets darker pretty early in the winter, people!!
Posted Jan 24, 2009 8:15 am

MjollnirFun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2008

Mjollnir

Fun scramble
Posted Dec 14, 2008 9:18 pm

Curtissimobeen there done that  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 1995

Curtissimo

first time up the haystack. fun scramble not too hard. otherwise this is a pretty boring hike; good for winter conditioning.
Posted Dec 8, 2008 9:08 pm

Justin PucciMount Si  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 4, 2008

Justin Pucci

This is a great, if slightly long (probably due to the line that forms near the top) and monotonous climb with great views from the top. My wife and I have not tried the Haystack yet, but from what I hear, the views aren't worth the scramble. The first time we did Mount Si, there was snow and ice on the trail for the last mile with clear views at the top. The second time was regular old dirt from start to finish with clouds and not much of a view at all. This is a great training hike, but I'm not a huge fan of the number of people on the trail. There tends to be a larger-than-normal number of rude hikers, too.
Posted Sep 29, 2008 7:45 pm

cp0915Standard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2008

cp0915

Busy, crowded hike up to the plateau area. Everyone, it seems, stays there, while few continue to the true summit. Reaching the base of the Haystack, DB and I headed straight up the steepish (class 4-5) terrain left of the standard scrambling route. Good exposure and a nice summit.
Posted Aug 3, 2008 7:27 pm

highlandvillagerFun scramble and awesome view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2008

highlandvillager

We got a late start and debated ascending the haystack, but did it anyway knowing we would be hiking back in the dark. Despite some haze, we could see Seattle, Bellevue, Snoqualmie Valley, Mount Rainier, and many other mountains. Our cell phones made surprisingly good flashlights over the last half mile of trail in the dark.
Posted Jul 30, 2008 2:48 am

rasgoatmy first Washington summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008

rasgoat

Yeah! this is a cool little mountain. The hike up through the forest was wonderful with a few tremendous old growth trees around. I loved the Haystack Scramble! There were only marginal views because of clouds. Shooting for Glacier peak tomorrow!
Posted Jul 9, 2008 1:49 pm

WeatherManSolid hike with 1/2 of SEA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2008

WeatherMan

Caught a nice weather window, amidts one of the crappiest winter/spring's ever. Loved the Haystack scramble (sounds like a item on a Denny's menu, mmmm), and will likely be back to do this a few more times before the snow finally melts out from the more interesting summits.
Posted Jun 17, 2008 7:44 pm

BKWFirst date  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2004

BKW

This was my first date with my now-wife. I hope I got the date right!
Posted Apr 4, 2008 6:55 pm

CascadeJessWorth the workout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2008

CascadeJess

I just hiked it yesterday and it was hard for me once we got past the 3rd mile marker because after the extremely steep part, the incline keeps going. I'm not use to that kind of steady incline, so it was rather difficult for me but I kept going. Totally worth it when we got to the top. Everybody seems to be complaining that there were too many people on this one. We did it on a weekday and we only passed maybe 10 people at the most, as well as a small field trip group of kids. Other than that, it was quiet. Despite the occasional cloud cover, the view was nice and I had a couple of gray jays eat out of my hand. The incline up makes it a lot easier to go down and it takes half the time to get down as it does to get up. Some snow cover up and mud and slush on the way down as it melted. The only irritating part was the constant slush and water drops falling from the trees. It often felt like somebody was hitting me with snowballs. My hair was soaked by the time we were less than halfway up to the top. Didn't do the haystack, I don't have enough experience with rock scrambling and I was too tired.
Posted Apr 2, 2008 5:05 pm

tleafHmmm  Sucess!

tleaf

Hmmm. This is it? Gotta do it in winter.
Posted Mar 11, 2008 5:46 pm

littlefrantzyahoo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 1994

littlefrantz

:)
Posted Mar 8, 2008 11:24 pm

ecobikerSpring Condition  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2008
Spring hike up to get in shape for the climbing season. The trails have been cleared of all blow downs but there is still hard-packed snow at about 2700 feet to the top. Lots of melting ice/hard snow on the haystack. We were glad to have ice axes to chop steps, but didn't need crampons.
Posted Mar 3, 2008 8:23 pm

Mark StraubStandard Route Overnight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

Mark Straub

Went with Josh Lewis, his older brother Michael, and his mom. We decided that a hike up Mt. Si. on Independence Day would be a great place to watch fireworks, but that doesn't work very well when you start at 7:45 P.M. and have 50 pound packs (That's over half my weight.) Spent the night at the base of the Haystack, which we climbed 3 times the next morning (We got kind of bored, and scrambling up that is really fun). I found out that going too far to the left of the standard way up the haystack is a bit scary with no ropes when you hit the vertical parts.
Posted Jan 31, 2008 9:01 pm

johnmnicholsGreat nearby mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005

johnmnichols

Used to do solo trail runs up this mountain in the evenings after work. No crowds when it's dark.
Posted Dec 27, 2007 9:27 am

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

odogg0824

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

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