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.
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.
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!
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.
This was my first date with my now-wife. I hope I got the date right!
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.
Hmmm. This is it? Gotta do it in winter.
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.
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.
Used to do solo trail runs up this mountain in the evenings after work. No crowds when it's dark.
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.
So crowded, felt like a amusment park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.