Ascent of Mount Si on 2019-06-01

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Others in Party:Jim Coulter
Date:Saturday, June 1, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Si
    Elevation:4180 ft / 1274 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: As one of the premier hikes in the Seattle area, access is simple and information is readily available. We did this hike on a summer Saturday, but got an early start and at 6 am the New Trail parking lot still had plenty of space.

The Climb: The New Mount Si Trail is very obvious and well maintained all the way up to the rocky area near the summit. There are a few junctions but they are signed and it is easy to stay on the right path. Once you emerge from the trees follow the faint trail across the first rocky outcrop and through some trees toward the Haystack. As you approach the Haystack, keep to the right (east) and follow the trail around to the back where the best scrambling route to the top can be found. Despite its infamous reputation (likely from not so outdoorsy people), scrambling up the Haystack is not that difficult. We found that the best route was to generally stay to the left until reaching the ridge at the top. From there scramble up the last remaining section to the true summit. Of the hundred or so people around the summit area, we only encountered about ten people and one dog on the Haystack. Low clouds covered the entire area, leading to some incredible and unique views. On the way back we passed hundreds of people, so the descent was far less peaceful than the ascent.

My Thoughts: My dad had just arrived from Michigan for our annual hiking trip and the weather looked great, so this was our first hike of the trip. This is one of the most climbed peaks in the world and for good reason. Its proximity to Seattle and incredible views attract all manner of people, from first time hikers to experienced mountaineers training for bigger peaks. In my opinion, the trail was a little one-dimensional and crowded for my tastes, but the Haystack scramble was really fun and the views were top notch. Possibly a bit over-hyped, but a good climb nonetheless.

I am always looking for climbing partners, so if you are based in or around northern Idaho feel free to contact me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3506 ft / 1068 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route:New Mount Si Trail
    Trailhead:674 ft / 205 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes

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