June 28, 2008. Mount Si (4167 ft.) is not a peak I normally would
have chosen to do on my birthday, but we had other plans later in
the day. Damon and I started up around 9:30AM, got to the top of
the Haystack (summit rock) before noon, ate a leisurely lunch, and
returned around 2. Despite the crowd and lack of any views on the
trail, it is a pleasant workout and the Haystack is a fun class 3
scramble. The view of North Bend from the top isn't bad
either. (8 miles round trip, 3500 ft. gain)
There wasn't much to see before the summit besides
You can get a partial view of the Puget Sound without
climbing the Haystack, but the area is crowded and
doesn't give you the 360 of a "real" summit.
Me on a rock that is actually lower than the summit.
(1) 360 from the summit.
I love this telezoom photo of
Seattle with the Olympics towering over it. It
wasn't actually this clear from the summit
though (I boosted the contrast substantially).
(3) The western edge of the Cascades.
Damon getting off the top part of the Haystack.
It isn't as steep as it looks in this picture,
but you still probably want to know what you are doing.
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