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flybigskyRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Many times  Sucess!

flybigsky

Climed this many times with my dad. Good "training" hike. Can get a little crowded. But it is a nice scramble and the view from the top is great. Great place to climb since it is close to the Seattle area.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 6:09 pm

jtostenrRoute Climbed: South Face Direct Date Climbed: most recently January 31st, 2004  Sucess!

jtostenr

Very busy trail, and it gets old after climbing it so many times. However, it is still a great workout and nice and close.
Posted Feb 3, 2004 1:33 am

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: Mt. Si Trail Date Climbed: January 25, 2004  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

Met up with my friend Steve to get a good workout hike in. Easy but strenuous trail up but the Haystack was covered in several inches of powdery snow, not really consolidated. I'm not much of an ice climber but was glad I brought two tools and crampons for the final bit. Got in a little mixed climbing up the last couloir/gully. The only sun we had this day was right as we hit the top - how perfect.



Kept running into people on the trail on the way up who said they made it all the way to the summit but all their footprints ended at the small bench below the Haystack. If only they knew that that was where the fun began.
Posted Jan 25, 2004 9:58 pm

wildstarRoute Climbed: Old Si Trail Date Climbed: August 1994  Sucess!

wildstar

Summited after spending some time sport climbing.
Posted Jan 3, 2004 6:13 pm

vertxRoute Climbed: Normal/Old Trail Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!

vertx

Very crowded the day I went. I guess that is normal though. Climbed the Haystack from the backside, but wish I had my ropes and gear with me for a face climb. I would love to go back and give it a try. I don't have any beta on that...if anyone does, it would be appreciated.
Posted Sep 28, 2003 9:21 pm

dpRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: summer 2001  Sucess!

dp

Just noticed that this is in SP. Did this one as a trail run (well.... I didn't run the scramble to the top of the haystack!). Dodging the bees through the brush to get to the base of the Haystack was the only part that wasn't a blast. Love the view from the top!
Posted Sep 15, 2003 4:45 pm

sixsigmafoolRoute Climbed: The Old Trtail Date Climbed: April 19, 2003  Sucess!
Great variation on an excellent local mountain. My first time on this trail, and it provides a nice diversion from the standared trail. A little tougher, it seems, but nice nonetheless. Excellent shape the entire way. Not too many people, although the lower section to Little Si was getting busy by 11:30. 2 hours, 18 minutes to the Haystack bench, with a full pack. 4 hours and 15 minutes round trip with a generous break at the top. Highly recommended for a change of scenery.
Posted Apr 20, 2003 10:15 pm

jasonconnellRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Many times 10/2002 last time  Sucess!

jasonconnell

A great trainer that's only 20 minutes from my house.
Posted Dec 26, 2002 11:54 am

RStokesRoute Climbed: Old trail Date Climbed: Last: February, 2001  Sucess!

RStokes

Nice elevation gain, close to Seattle and mile markers make for a great training mountain. Very popular trail (the standard trail), even in the winter months. The Old trail is much less crowded and doesn't have the markers.
Posted Dec 14, 2002 11:45 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: Old Si Trail Date Climbed: May 14 1966

Dean

Mt. Si was the first peak, or mountain I ever climbed here in the northwest. I was going to the U of W in Seattle when a couple friends suggested we do a hike. The hike turned out to be Mt Si and all was well until we decided to climb the Haystack. I remember the feeling of nervousness (there actually is some exposure near the top) as we made our way up the last 20 or 30 feet. At the top, with about 12 other people already there, it felt good, yes a good feeling to be on such a lofty perch. The view was awesome and I knew that I was going to love being in the northwest cause most all of the mountains are bigger. Truly a good conditioner and a fun hike with a touch of a climb at the end.
Posted Nov 28, 2002 7:07 am

sixsigmafoolRoute Climbed: Standard Trail Date Climbed: November 24, 2002  Sucess!
Another great day to climb! Suprisingly for so late in the year, there was not a cloud around. The trail is in great shape, and nearly dry the entire way. Temps in the 30's-40's with a slight breeze. Along with the nice weather came a few more people, but it was still enjoyable. Started at 8 AM, reaching the base of the Haystack in 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Posted Nov 24, 2002 5:57 pm

CharlieRoute Climbed: Normal Trail Date Climbed: 11/3/02  Sucess!

Charlie

This hike probably turned out to be the last good weather hike of the year. It was an unusually good day to be outside and the views from the top were great, as usual.



I started at the trailhead at 8:30 am and I was down by 11:30 am. Its always best to start this hike early so you can avoid the crowd. I only saw 3 people on my way up but about 3 or 4 dozen on my way down.
Posted Nov 7, 2002 10:21 am

DultonRoute Climbed: Old Si Trail Date Climbed: 10/19/02  Sucess!

Dulton

Took the Old Si Trail route. Saw one person on the way up (biiig shock for a saturday). The trail is in good condition, but is steeper than the main Si trail. The two main differences between the two trail is one: the main Si trail gets down to business at the start and quickly climbs up the mountain whereas the Old Si Trail meanders around not gaining much elevation in the first mile and two: SOLITUDE (at least compared to the mad rush to the summit on the main trail). The new Little Si trail/ Old Si Trail has been moved 800 feet down the Mt. Si road to keep people from walking by private residences. The beginning of the new trail is very rough and cut along a rocky old clearcut. As you are walking on the Little Si trail keep going straight past the sign that says "Little Si". The straight trail takes you too the "big" si summit in about the same distance as the main trail, just steeper.
Posted Oct 23, 2002 11:42 pm

linxweilerRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: June 4, 2002  Sucess!

linxweiler

First time ontop of the haystack - which is the true summit. This mountain is a blast - easy, and tons of fun. I climb it several times a month, as it's a great training climb for any higher peak.
Posted Oct 8, 2002 10:46 pm

TNT825Route Climbed: The Trail Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

TNT825

This is a fun "mountain" that almost anyone can do. My roommate Lee and myself took up some friends who were definately foreign to doing anything in the outdoors. The first guy we let lead almost drove the whole party to exhaustion with his blistering pace. Then we had the slowest member take the leadership responsibilities. He lacked motivation and often had to be urged along with a switch that we created out of a cedar branch. Finally we invented fanciful stories about the elven folk and the wombonglers that lived on the mountain and tried to keep him from reaching the top.



Finally, after many breaks and much urging with the switch, we reached the haystack. The scramble was a lot of fun as Lee and I have both done a decent amount of rock climbing. Our leader didn't climb the haystack due to his fear of heights (perhaps the elvens and wombonglers won after all).
Posted Sep 11, 2002 11:24 pm

magellanRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: january 10, 2000  Sucess!

magellan

Saw mature women wearing muffs and leopard print hats. Too civilized, even in January. Gully full of snow on top was fun! Awesome views of 'forest management'.
Posted Sep 5, 2002 8:58 pm

Joe HanssenRoute Climbed: Si Trail Date Climbed: '93; '94; '95; '96; '97  Sucess!

Joe Hanssen

Great training hike.
Posted Jul 29, 2002 11:00 am

Shifter59Route Climbed: Old Si Trail Date Climbed: July 24, 202  Sucess!

Shifter59

Overcast day in North Bend all day, however around the two mile marker I started to get above the haze. Started at just before 8:30 am, Climbing by myself, summit was reached in just under 2 hours. Descend was cut to an hour and a half. I didn't opt to scramble the Haystack but now wish that I would have. Oh well there's always next time. Great hike and most hikers train here for climbing Rainer. Great elevation gain and definite leg burner. Great day overall, awesome views of Mt. Rainer! David Stamets
Posted Jul 25, 2002 3:23 pm

ClimbLerRoute Climbed: new trail route Date Climbed: January 2002  Sucess!
A good hike, but bad trail conditions. a thin layer of ice coated the trail for the last few miles. making progress nearly impossible without a solid sole and hard toe to kick steps with. unfortunatly the ever lasting crowds presented themselves in large groups falling all over the trail. lots of soft soled tennis shoes and blue jeans. not a good idea in the winter, but a good day hike to say the least.
Posted Jun 25, 2002 11:06 am

ClimbLerRoute Climbed: New Trail route Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!
A good day hike with good verticle gain. though the crowds are a dissappointment. Up from base to summit in about 2 1/2 hours. an awesome view from the summit revieling 360 degrees of clear skies with Rainier to the south.
Posted Jun 25, 2002 10:57 am

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