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Ascent of Mount Si on 2015-12-24

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Others in Party:Edwards
Jeff Edwards
Date:Thursday, December 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Si
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4180 ft / 1274 m

Ascent Trip Report

SNOW!!
We arrived at the trailhead at about 9am and found only about a half dozen vehicles there ahead of us. This is a first for a Mount Si trip in my experience! Trail was bare and wet with light rain and snowmelt falling for the first mile or so. The second mile had increasing slushy snow up to the flat area, and from that point on up to the top it was completely (and increasingly) snow-covered.

A few hikers had been up ahead of us, which was nice because they had compacted the trail enough that it was easy to follow and we weren't postholing the rest of the way up. The snowy scenery was amazing-- I don't think the Mount Si trail has ever looked quite so beautiful or been so peaceful. Snow was about three feet deep at the summit, and the camp robbers were waiting for us to break out our snacks when we arrived. After a quick (and guarded, 'cause those birds are vicious!) lunch, it was time to head back.

We encountered several other parties making their way up the mountain on our way back down, but it was still a very serene day on this often bustling highway of a trail.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles



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