January 26th, 2014 - Mount Si (and Talus Loop)
8.3 miles/5.5 hours
Oh goodness what a day. I picked Sadie up at about 9:30, we stopped at the store for some coffee and trail food, and headed out to Mount Si. Si has been on my To Hike list for quite a while. Like since I first heard about it. But it’s a longer trail so it’s tough unless you have all day, and so so crowded in the summer. But enough excuses - today was the day!
By the time we got there the parking lot was pretty full. We found a spot and set out at about 11. The trail definitely reflected the parking lot - plenty of people on it. I don’t blame them either. It was a beautiful day. I started out wearing under armour, a tank top, another long sleeve layer, a fleece hoodie, and a hat. I mean it is January after all. By less than an hour in, I was down to just the tank top and stayed that way until about half way down the mountain. The trail isn’t easy - 3100ft elevation gain over 4 miles. The gains are spread out pretty evenly, so the whole trail is sloped; there aren’t really any flat spots to give your legs a break. But we made it to the top! It took nearly 2.5 hours, but it was so incredibly worth it. The rocks on top were sunny and warm, and we spend about an hour relaxing in the sun, eating, drinking our victory beers, and climbing over to the other side to see the sights. I would guess that it was probably close to 55-60 degrees in the sun.
On the way down, I took a detour and did the Talus Loop while Sadie booked it back to the parking lot where she could use the bathroom (staying hydrated and victory beer will do that to you). This loop adds 0.3 miles to the trail and I’m glad I did it. I didn’t see a single other person while on the loop, which was a nice respite from the fairly crowded trail. i got back to the car just before 4:30, and then we headed home!
Tomorrow my legs and feet will hurt, but I can finally say that I have conquered Mount Si - a Seattle hiking staple.
Miles this year: 17
(Also today I set my goal for 2014 - 200 miles! That’s an average of just under 4 a week, which I thing is manageable. It gives me some room to miss some weeks since most hikes will be longer than 4 miles. Not that I actually plan on missing any weeks)