7.6 miles, roundtrip
(This is from what we recorded on a Garmin Fenix 6x)
Gain: 3180 ft.
Highest Point: 3836 ft.
Mount Si, arguably one of my least favorite hikes, is a very common hiking destination in the Western Washington area. Even though I personally am not a fan of the hike, it is a great way to train for other hikes.
Over the course of 3.5 miles you'll gain over 3000' in elevation, which is great for training purposes. The views from the top are nice, but the rest of the hike is in deep woods without much visual appeal.
The only reason we decided to climb Mount Si is because the northern lights were forecasted to be in full strength, and we hoped to see them from the top.
The trailhead is not too far from North Bend's Ranger Station. Right now the parking lot has some of the largest potholes we've seen, so be careful with your vehicle driving through it.
The hike starts off by crossing a little creek. Then from here you will start to climb upwards, with about a million switchbacks before you get to the top.
There are a few different trails that split off if you want to follow any side adventures.
The Top of Mount Si
When you get above treeline, you will be facing the haystack. You can get great views of the area without climbing the haystack, but the top does have better unobstructed views.
The haystack is a scramble, so having scrambling experience is highly recommended. Also be very careful of water or ice on the haystack which will make the climb even more dangerous.
Unfortunately the aurora never came out for us to view, but the stars were still amazing to see!
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