I hiked up to the top of Mount Si in Snoqualmie, Washington on Saturday September 13th and it was gorgeous.‚ The first time I had climbed up Mt. Si I had stopped at the base of the 300 foot tall “Haystack” (essentially a big rock slab), but this time I climbed all the way up to the top and it was AWESOME.‚ If you are going to climb Mt. Si, you really need to go all the way up to the top of the Haystack to have the very best views.
Mount Si, aka Mound Si, is a midget mountain just off of I90 as you head out of Seattle.‚ Mt. Si is only 4,167 feet tall, but since you start fairly low on the base, you still get a 3,500 foot vertical elevation gain.‚ The trail is about three feet wide and proceeds through a series of switchbacks up a steep 4 miles.‚ The journey to the top of the Haystack is maybe a third to a half mile Class 3 scramble.
I made the trip up Mount Si with Plato and Adam Roberts.‚ Adam is an athletic climbing nutcase who RAN up the mountain… Plato and I are both in good shape, but I think I would have died of a heart attack if I had tried to run up Mount Si lol.‚ Below are the pictures of our Mount Si climb: