Fantastic Trees And Where To Find Them: Mount Si, Washington

If you ever look at lists of hikes near Seattle there is a really high chance that Mount Si will be on it. Mount Si has hiking trails with different difficulty levels and isn't very far from Seattle, making Si the perfect mountain to end up on all of those hiking lists.

This past spring I finally made it to Mount Si with the intent of an undemanding, early-season hike. Actually arriving at the trail head happened at a slower pace than intended, thanks to a couple of extra stops along the way. Not too long into the hike there was a fork in the trail and we headed up what we thought was the trail to "Little Si". The moderate hike to the shorter peak on Mount Si.

After we'd been hiking essentially straight uphill for approximately forever, we finally met someone heading down the mountain and quizzically asked them if we were nearly to the top, as we should have been by our calculations. We were also trying to figure out why we hadn't really seen many people on the trail when it's such a popular one. The couple jokingly mentioned that we weren't close at all, which made sense when we asked someone even further up the trail. He let us know that we were actually still quite a ways from the top, then asked if we had crampons or ice picks with, as there was still snow and ice at the peak! We'd been hiking the trail known as "Old Trail" which is probably the most difficult trail on the mountain! 

We ended up turning around not too long after that. It was late enough in the day that it seemed wiser to head down when we knew we would still be able to see the trail. 

On the way down I was initially disappointed that we hadn't seen the sweeping scenes from the mountaintop, but going through my photos later made me appreciate the photos I had taken of the first signs of spring showing up in the old growth forest.