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Mount Si

Feb 17, 2013

by The Warder last modified Feb 17, 2013 07:47 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Mount Si
Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Agency: Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region
Avg Rating: 3.97
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Water on trail
Snow on trail
What a beautiful hike!! This is a very popular hike in Washington State and is heavily traveled in the summer from what I hear and I can see why now. Once you get to the top you have beautiful views of the lush valley below and with the snow up on the top of the mountain is just icing on the cake. I always think the snow here with the ever greens and the rocks poking through makes everything look so beautiful so I’m glad I went why there was still snow on the top of Mount Si. Also just to prove how many people like Mount Si despite being over cast and February there were a good 40 cars or so in the parking lot.

 Since it is still early in the year, being only February, there was snow about three quarters of so be warned. When you’re about half a mile or so from the top there is a good amount of snow on the trail and I would highly suggest you have trekking poles and micro spikes with you for traction. Also bring layers, gloves and a warm hat. While you may not need them on the hike up, since you will probably be sweating bullets and huffing and puffing from the 3,000 feet of elevation gain, you will definitely want them once you get to the top and stop. The chill air will quickly cool you off and you will be very cold. I saw to many young adults today who hiked up with jeans and tennis shoes. They were struggling to get up the slippery snow and I heard many say they wish they had gloves or more layers and that they did not know there was going to be snow at the top. Well now you know so pack accordingly. Once you’re up in the snow fear not the path is easy to find and is well traveled and is easy to follow. Other hiker’s paths so you shouldn't have to worry about not being able to find your way.

The last thing I will say was the trail was a tad bit muddy. Not like deep mud but it was muddy from melting snow and the recent rains so wear boots. Other than that I highly recommend this hike and I will have to do it again this year so I can scramble and explore more of the summit when the snow has melted and it’s safer to walk around on the rocks.
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