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.
Started at 10am after awful conditions on the roads up North. Reached the summit base at 1230 and tried to do the snowshoe traverse to Mt Teneriffe but went in a circle due to following other tracks. So we then decided to give the Haystack a shot since we made it to the saddle on New Years with good snow conditions, but this time it was uncosolidated snow with some debris flow on the 40-60 degree slope. Turned around and made our way back down the old trail. no visibility the whole day, but not much precip, so we were happy.
I love this hike. Four miles and 3000 feel of elevation gain. This is wonderful training. At the top we could see all the way to Seattle.
Started kind of early at 730am with a large group for an "appetite builder" hike for T-Day. It has been along time since I took the regular trail since I enjoy the old trail by Little Si much more. It was wet, kinda wet, and really wet the whole time. New blow down within the first mile. Reached the summit at 9am to have a sandwich and head back down.