Climbing Mt Si

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End Jan 01, 2014

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mount Si is a mountain in North Bend Washington.  It is roughly 40 minutes East of Seattle.  The mountain is 4,167 feet tall, but the hike is only 3,500 up because it starts above sea level.  The trail to the top is 4 miles long.  This trail was supposed to be a start in preparing us to climb Mt Rainier this summer.  I want to do a lot of hiking together in our first summer in Washington because we are aging and this will not be easier as time goes on.  I did not feel Mt Si was a tough hike.  It did take over two hours, but most of the people took longer than that.  There were very few people that passed us.  Claire did very well.  We were both very tired and very sore at the end of it.  The scenery was absolutely incredible going up.  It was so green.  There were thousands upon thousands of Evergreen trees with ferns and other plants.  I don't think the trails took a lot of maintenance to keep up.  The trails were in good shape, but I think the tourists and hikers kept it from plants and grass growing on the path.  The top of Mt Si is some giant rocks.  Claire does not do so well on rocks that are unstable, so we took a few pictures here, then she started going back down and I went to the very top.  I would estimate only 5% of people climb up "the haystack," which is the rocky part of the mountain that leads to the top.  This part is very scary and I had never experience climbing this high up without ropes.  I always had to have three supporting points on a rock.  Going down the haystack was tougher than going up.  I used my father's shoes that I found in his old closet a year ago.  He probably used them for a year or two before me and they don't have enough traction to keep me safe on rocks, but I foolishly ignored this and made it up and down "the haystack" faster than people that had been climbing this mountain for over 10 years.  

At the end of the day, Mt Si was a great hike.  We were very sore at the end of it.  I'm glad we did it and don't want to do this hike too often.  It is a step in the right direction towards our goal of Mt Rainier.  
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