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Mount Si Hike

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Posted in Uncategorized by Joel Gross

I hiked up to the top of Mount Si in Snoqualmie, Washington on Saturday September 13th and it was gorgeous.‚  The first time I had climbed up Mt. Si I had stopped at the base of the 300 foot tall “Haystack” (essentially a big rock slab), but this time I climbed all the way up to the top and it was AWESOME.‚  If you are going to climb Mt. Si, you really need to go all the way up to the top of the Haystack to have the very best views.

Mount Si, aka Mound Si, is a midget mountain just off of I90 as you head out of Seattle.‚  Mt. Si is only 4,167 feet tall, but since you start fairly low on the base, you still get a 3,500 foot vertical elevation gain.‚  The trail is about three feet wide and proceeds through a series of switchbacks up a steep 4 miles.‚  The journey to the top of the Haystack is maybe a third to a half mile Class 3 scramble.

I made the trip up Mount Si with Plato and Adam Roberts.‚  Adam is an athletic climbing nutcase who RAN up the mountain… Plato and I are both in good shape, but I think I would have died of a heart attack if I had tried to run up Mount Si lol.‚  Below are the pictures of our Mount Si climb:

Mount Si as seen from the road

Mount Si as seen from the road

Plato walking on the Mount Si Trail.

Plato walking on the Mount Si Trail.

Plato creepiness

Plato creepiness

Crowded cliff on the way off the haystack

Crowded cliff on the way off the haystack

The Haystack on Mount Si was pretty steep, but climbable.

The Haystack on Mount Si was pretty steep, but climbable.

Climbing down the Haystack on Mount Si was nerve-wracking.

Climbing down the Haystack on Mount Si was nerve-wracking.

I took this pic while leaning over a cliff....  Brilliant.

I took this pic while leaning over a cliff.... Brilliant.

The view from Mount Si

The view from Mount Si

Mount Si cliffage

Mount Si cliffage

More Mount Si views

More Mount Si views

The King of Mount Si

The King of Mount Si

Plato picture atop Mount Sis Haystack

Plato picture atop Mount Si's Haystack

Adam Roberts: Freakishly good hiker

Adam Roberts: Freakishly good hiker

View of Mt. Ranier from Mt. Si

View of Mt. Ranier from Mt. Si

5 thoughts on “Mount Si Hike

  1. In response to your Mt. Si and current investment decisions; First and foremost, stay off my mountain. That’s right, MY MOUNTAIN. In a moment of genius, I decided that since the US dollar and all other currencies will soon be worth crap, I bought the only valuable thing available. Real Estate. Defensible Real Estate. Mt. Si, because of its steep incline and open vistas (formerly good for oohing and ahhhing with your curiously faced friends) makes it a prime spot for building a massive fort with which to secure my future. I understand I am gambling a bit here- if the banks and economy don’t fail, then I’m the crazy guy who took over a state park and built a fort with gun turrets and converted a “mountain” into a subterranean bunker… But if they do, then I’m King Jordan. With my large stockpile of canned goods, powdered milk, and underground dwelling bovines, I am ready to rule! One man could defend the whole Jordan Sound (formerly Puget Sound, before the collapse of the US democracy) from the top of Mt. Si, and I will! I am currently accepting applications for admittance. Fee is $15.00 for weekdays for men of fighting condition and $20.00 for women and small useless children. Men get in free if they donate weaponry or ammo or have some sort of useful skill like nun-chucks, staff fighting, a doctoral degree (no gynecologists), or lasers. Funny to think that you always used to believe you were smarter than me. Now you’ll all know! Very very soon, I think. I hope. Soon you will all be begging to partake of my genius investment. Muahahah.

  2. Lol… You are a nutcase. It looks like your stockpiling idea is going to be the right thing to do judging by the way the federal government is taking over the stock market.

  3. Its brilliant. Government takes on too much bad debt and too much of a deficit, currency becomes worthless. Government isn’t able to pay police or military forces (the primary function of any good government is defending from outside any threat and maintaining order within). Government collapses under growing dissatisfaction from civilian population. Rioting, violence, looting, etc, become commonplace. And I will be sitting, laughing on my Mt. Si, shotgun in hand. Come one, come all, its the Jordan show!

  4. awesome dude, I just did that last Thursday for the first time. Didn’t do the scramble though. have you done camp muir yet? thinking about doing that next week.

  5. Feng, I have done Camp Muir. It is a fun hike. You go up to about 10,000 feet and have some great views up there.

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