Not actually the Mt Si trail: this is the 1898 Gold rush trail on Chilkoot pass in Alaska. However, except for the snow, Mt Si looks similar.
Summer hiking season is just around the corner (still quite a bit of snow in the high country for another month or so). As Washington’s most popular trail, Mt Si seems an obvious choice. I need to offer the following disclaimer: I have hiked Mt Si many times, with lots of great people, and a day out on trails, even if it’s a trail I’m not thrilled about, is a lot better than a day indoors! I’m sure I will hike it again.
That said, I don’t like Mt Si. There, I said it. It’s hard, boring, crowded and sports the worst outhouse in Washington, possibly in the entire United States, very possibly in the world. Due to the crowds, the alternative to most terrible outhouses (just using the bushes) is not very practical.
But it’s such a great workout!
Yes, it is. However, there are lots of places to get a great workout and prepare for that future tough climb, such as Seattle’s stairways and if you want to get out of town, there are lots of hikes of similar challenge in the same area but less of the other drawbacks like McClellan Butte (much less crowded) and Bandera Mountain (better views).
But it’s close to town!
True, but not as close as Poo Poo Point and Squak Mountain, both in Issaquah! If those don’t gain enough elevation for you, McClellan Butte and Bandera Mountain (above) have similar elevation gain and are about the same distance.
But it has a great view!
True, but not until you’re at the very top. Bandera Mountain (above) has even better views, and you can see some great views before the top, same for Rattlesnake Ledge (easier) and Granite Mountain (harder).
But you can see downtown!
But it’s free! You don’t need a trailhead pass!
Not anymore. Now it requires a Washington State Park Discover Pass
But it’s THE hike to do near Seattle!
That’s not a reason to do anything!
Wherever you get out hiking this summer, Ordinary Adventures hopes you make the most of it, even if it is on the Mt Si Trail. We’ll be offering trip reports and suggestions throughout the summer for new hiking options, so stay tuned!