Ascent of Mount Si on 2019-06-01
|Others in Party:||Jim Coulter|
|Date:||Saturday, June 1, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4180 ft / 1274 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAccess: 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|
| Time:||2 Hours 55 Minutes|
| Time:||3 Hours 10 Minutes|
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