I climbed Mount Si this past weekend. I’m sure you are wondering about it, so I will refer you to Washington Trails Association’s (WTA) website where they have a write up about this climb. WTA is the nation’s largest state-based hiking non-profit organization. They do a great job of promoting all the different hikes in Washington.
Mount Si is a 8 mile hike round trip. I wanted to challenge myself by climbing a mountain, but this was a tough climb. Some of the reviews referred to this hike as a “challenge,” I thought it was more than that, at times, “tortuous.” I guess it depends on what shape you are in, and if your boots are working properly. Some people were whizzing by, obviously having done it before.
The picture I took is of the view from the top. It was spectacular and a perfect day. I even got an interesting bird in the photo. Anyone know what it is? There was a cute chipmunk who was running around, not afraid and hoping for food along with some small birds.
The climb took us about 3 hours up the mountain. Going down was tough, because it was steep and my shoes were not cooperating. I didn’t have enough cushion in them and my feet kept moving forward. There were a few times that I hoped a rescue team might come by, my feet were hurting so much, but that miracle did not happen. My friend made a joke that I was not going to be able to manifest it. So, I gave up on the wishing, and focused on getting down.
There were quite a few hikers with dogs and even some who were carrying babies in their packs. I hoped they were in good shape climbing up, because it could get rocky and one stumble and over the cliff you go. One poor dog was so little and panting furiously. I wasn’t sure he/she should have been on the climb. For sure this dog needed some water and “fast.”
Last night, I was sore and stiff and not able to think about my next hike. Now, it is a day later, pain in the legs is subsiding and I am READY for the next challenge. Although, other hikes at 4 miles round trip are going to be easy compared to Mount Si. I hear Rattlesnake Ledge is a good one.
Mount Rainier, the BIG HIKE, that will have to wait!
2 thoughts on “Climbing Mount Si”
The Mount Si hike sounds as difficult as climbing Pikes Peak here in Colorado, only not as long. Pikes Peak is a 13-mile ascent through 5,000 feet – takes about five hours. The challenge with Pikes Peak is more about the lack of oxygen (the summit is 14,000 feet) than the hike itself. No matter the trail, your post-hike comment is appropriate. A friend – who claims to be a hiker – said she enjoys hiking “after she’s done”. During the hike – not so much. Thanks also for the spectacular photos. What was the highest elevation of this hike?
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Well, NOW I have a better appreciation for when you climbed Pikes Peak. I think you did that a few years ago, didn’t you. Looks like elevation was 4,167.