Mount Si Climber's Log

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Mark Straub

Mark Straub - Jan 31, 2008 9:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

Standard Route Overnight  Sucess!

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.

johnmnichols

johnmnichols - Dec 27, 2007 9:27 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005

Great nearby mountain  Sucess!

Used to do solo trail runs up this mountain in the evenings after work. No crowds when it's dark.

odogg0824

odogg0824 - Oct 28, 2007 1:15 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2007

Yup...also a first summit  Sucess!

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.

Doehle

Doehle - Sep 25, 2007 5:38 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

So many people  Sucess!

So crowded, felt like a amusment park

cthomson

cthomson - Sep 23, 2007 11:06 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2007

finally  Sucess!

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.

nasak

nasak - Aug 19, 2007 2:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

yeah yeah  Sucess!

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.

bmwboarder7

bmwboarder7 - Jul 29, 2007 8:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2007

Surprised  Sucess!

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.

Bruce Christensen

Bruce Christensen - May 28, 2007 2:14 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2006

Mostly there

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.

Krylon

Krylon - May 24, 2007 6:22 pm

Familiar 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.

Redwic

Redwic - May 11, 2007 4:40 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2007

Great Workout!  Sucess!

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.

Cascade Scrambler

Cascade Scrambler - Apr 24, 2007 11:52 pm Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2007

Main trail and Haystack  Sucess!

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.

lukic

lukic - Feb 26, 2007 3:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2005

Good training spot, but quite a bore  Sucess!

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.

CruxPhotos

CruxPhotos - Feb 21, 2007 5:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2003

one bored day  Sucess!

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.

nodbod

nodbod - Jan 16, 2007 5:33 pm

Si 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!

osatrik

osatrik - Jan 3, 2007 9:21 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2007

New Years Day Tradition

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.

bc44caesar

bc44caesar - Nov 8, 2006 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2006

Main Trail  Sucess!

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.

Andy Dewey

Andy Dewey - Oct 31, 2006 12:48 am Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2006

Main Trail  Sucess!

Quite a bit of snow, scramble to top was very icy and dangerous in a few places. Great views, beautiful day!

jtmerrill

jtmerrill - Oct 23, 2006 6:23 pm

Summer outing  Sucess!

wonderful views and great times with old friends. Great areas for trail running if there are no crowds

RomaK

RomaK - Sep 21, 2006 7:55 am

Normal trail  Sucess!

1 hr 25 mins to the base of the Haystack and a nice scramble from there. Beautiful day, great views.

madmallard

madmallard - Sep 5, 2006 5:18 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

finally, a summit  Sucess!

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.

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