Hiking Si in the winter is slightly more challenging, but it's still "Mt. Sighhh". Overcrowded and not overly-spectacular. Good for conditioning.
Fast hike up. Fast run down. Via little si.
Its a great training hike....but not as much of a climb. theres a lot of people up there all summer obviously.
A+ views. No snow.
For anyone living in Seattle, Mt. Si is a close, beautiful hike, and effective for training too. Have gone both light and heavy, in winter and summer. First time remember tons of snow and the Gray Jays on top. My second time, I topped the haystack in poor weather. From the top, a seasoned mountaineer pointed out the different peaks of the Eastern Front of the Olympics, singling out The Brothers, and my future became clear. Notably, saw a family of short-tailed weasels running among the summit rocks in the summer.
Hiked this nice peak on several occasions while living in the Seattle area in the late 1980s to early 1990's
One of my first hikes in Washington - remarkably uncrowded ... had to hike out in the dark and rescue some people who didn't have any lights. It gets darker pretty early in the winter, people!!
first time up the haystack. fun scramble not too hard. otherwise this is a pretty boring hike; good for winter conditioning.
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.