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.
Very busy trail, and it gets old after climbing it so many times. However, it is still a great workout and nice and close.
Summited after spending some time sport climbing.
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.
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!
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.
A great trainer that's only 20 minutes from my house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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'.
Great training hike.
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
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.
A wonderful day hike, it was cool and cloudy so the view was poor.
Used to live in Fall City WA. This is the best training facility for mountaineering in the Cascades.
This was a great training run with 50lbs. of water in my old Lowe pack. I ditched it at the base of the haystack and scrambled to the to top and was rewarded with sweeping panoramas of clearcuts and the I-90. Oh well. I did it on a regular basis for a while when I lived in Seattle. Once, I went up in a light mist, and just above the 3650 signpost the sky cracked open and pissed buckets on me. I limped back to the car nearly hypothermic.