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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Quite a bit of snow, scramble to top was very icy and dangerous in a few places. Great views, beautiful day!
wonderful views and great times with old friends. Great areas for trail running if there are no crowds