|Distance (both ways):||around 8 miles (13km)|
|Elevation gain:||3,400ft (1,050m)|
|Green Trails Map:||partially on 206|
Northwest Forest Pass required to park a car near
To get there from Seattle, take I-90 East to North Bend (about 30 miles from Seattle). Get off the highway on 436th Ave SE (Exit 32), going North into the town. When you cannot go straint any further, turn left on SE North Bend Way and shortly after turn right onto SE Mt.Si Road. Follow it for about 2 miles until you reach the large parking lot at the trail head. The parking lot is designed to hold up to 175 cars, which should give you some idea of the popularity of the hike.
The trails starts wide and flat, and is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. After a short while, however, it turns narrower and steeper.
If you are looking for more hikes like this one, consider Lake Serene (about 1 hour away from Seattle, similar level of difficulty but very different scenery). Also, have a look at 55 Hikes Around Snoqualmie Pass by Manning and Spring (available at Amazon). It describes a wide selection of mostly day hikes, all easily accessible from Seattlie via I-90.
Mt. Si, located less than an hour drive from Seattle, just off I-90 highway, is probably one of the most convenient hikes for Seattle residents and thus probably one of the most popular. On nice days the trail is reportedly quite crowded but if you can spare only a little time, this may be a good destination.
This was indeed the case for Stebbi, Lilja and myself when we decided to go for a fast hike after work on Wednesday, July 30. We started the hike after 7pm and we made it to the top around 9, just when the sun was about to set (see the pictures below). Consequently, we were returning in the dark. The trail goes almost entirely through a forest (and mostly on the East side of the mountain) so good lights are required to come down safely after dusk.
By mistake, I had a very slow film loaded in the camera so it was difficult to lighten the foreground with the flash and yet get natural colors for the sky. The pictures are hardly impressive -- they will be better next time.