Ascent of Mount Si on 2016-01-24

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Date:Sunday, January 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Si
    Elevation:4180 ft / 1274 m

Ascent Trip Report

It turned out to be a great day for a hike up the Old Mount Si Trail-- quite a bit steeper than it's contemporary counterpart, but also far less crowded.

There was still plenty of parking available at the Little Mount Si trailhead parking lot when I arrived at about 9am. Hiking up the trail I was amazed at how few other hikers I encountered on this route-- I didn't see any one at all for the first hour or so, and only encountered a total of 6 solo hikers and one couple until I reached the junction with the main trail (at which point, predictably, it got pretty busy).

The trail is in good shape. It's a steep sum'bitch, with portions where using poles and/or hands to scramble up roots & rocks can be quite useful and mud/flowing water on the trail at times, but I didn't encounter any major blow downs, washouts, or other hazards.

The going did get a little tricky near the top, however, with last night's snow dropping from the trees in the form of ice bombs as the air grew warmer. I didn't use microspikes at all, but the added traction would have been nice on the last half mile or so, especially when descending. There was about a foot of snow at the summit, and the packed-ice path from the junction with the new trail all the rest of the way up (and down) was pretty slick.

There were some great views and even some sun breaks at the summit, and the return trip to the parking lot was nearly quiet as the ascent had been. Nice hike!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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