Ascent of Mount Si on 2016-07-02

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Si
    Elevation:4180 ft / 1274 m

Ascent Trip Report

Everyone in town said that despite the popularity of this hike, it is worth doing if you have little time and are in the Seattle area. I read the reports of how crazy crowded it could be and of course, I was stuck having to try it on the SAT weekend before 4th of July! Well fortunately, I was on EST so getting up real early was no problem and I hit the trailhead before 6AM. In fact, I was one of only 10 cars parked in the lot! Coming down it was packed.

Only the truest of peakbaggers appear to be out that early. I had two trail runners incredible fit on their way down, and I passed several men and women with their full gear and alpine boots training for either Rainier or Baker.
I am pleased to say that I kept a stiff pace and did not stop once covering the 4 miles and over 3k in gain in an hour and half passing everybody in front of me. At the top I got there with no locals to show me the way to the scramble and I guessed wrong a few times exploring the cliff edge and found nothing but class 5. Finally, I found the infamous class 3 chute (but only after adding more mileage to my hike) I ran into a nice gentlemen who said he climbs this every weekend. I followed him up the far left side of the scramble hoping to make sure I did not slide into some class 4 or 5 terrain and his line was perfect all class 3. Albeit some fairly exposed it was all class 3.

He told me to look for mountain goats on the back side of the saddle. We saw none. At the summit ahead of us was only one person. I accomplished my goal. I got up Si quickly before the crowds and was the third one up. Even with lost time finding the trail I has summited in around 1 hour and 50 minutes. On the way down, my goal was to get down in time to do more hiking in the area and go for around 3-4 peakbags and 20 to 25 miles so I ran much of the way down. Nobody passed me all day. My entire time from TH to TH was no more 3 hours and 45 minutes and that included some extra trail path finding, photo taking, resting at the summit and eating. A good outing.

The hike itself is very beautiful at the bottom, becomes a bit monotonous in the endless switchbacks but has a very fun and classic scramble finish. It appeared only a small fraction of the hikers do the scramble most we bunched up at the pinnacle rocks and calling it quits but with the high volume, but the time I came down from the scramble there was about 5 new people in queue ready to use the chutes. The main chute in the middle was easiest path down. The entire route can be done facing out as one should be able to if it is class 3.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3670 ft / 1118 m
    Total Elevation Loss:160 ft / 48 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Grade/Class:1 with a classic cla
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Overcast
60F 6AM to 10M
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3620 ft / 1103 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3510 ft / 1070 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Mount Si Trail standard to scramble
    Start Trailhead:main TH  670 ft / 204 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Seattle in 24 hours3

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Grand Ridge-South Peak2016-07-01 a1000 ft / 305 m
2Mount Si2016-07-02 b3670 ft / 1119 m
3Mount Si-North Peak2016-07-02 c247 ft / 75 m
4Little Si2016-07-02 d1360 ft / 415 m
5Poo Poo Point2016-07-02 e1620 ft / 494 m
6Cougar Mountain-Anti Aircraft Peak2016-07-02 f436 ft / 133 m
Total Trip Gain: 8333 ft / 2541 m    Total Trip Loss: 1890 ft / 577 m

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