Mt. Si

Monday, May 19, 2003:  I decided to head up a classic hike; Mt Hi.  We didn't go up the popular trail however...instead, we took the old Mt. Si...the steeper trail on the backside.  The trail starts from the Little Si Trailhead, elevation 480 FASL.  We departed the trailhead at 6:55 AM.

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PICT0645: Harley at the top!  We arrived at the top (4100 FASL) at 9:00 AM sharp.  That's 2:05 travel time to climb ~3600 vertical feet.  Not bad for us...  We didn't see any people on the trail the entire way to the top. Nobody else showed up at the top until 10:30, so we had an hour and a half to ourselves on the top of Si.

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PICT0646: North Bend, WA

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PICT0661: Closeup of the downtown and the outlet mall in North Bend.

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PICT0648: Seattle, WA, Bellevue, WA, and the Olympics to the far west.

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PICT0650: Snoqualmie, WA and North Bend, WA

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PICT0677: Looking West at Snoqualmie and beyond...

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PICT0651: Tiger Mountain...Si's little brother to the West.

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PICT0652: This is a picture of the South Farms where Microsoft holds its company picnic every year...

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PICT0655: Mount Olympus, 94 miles West.  Just to the right of it (North) is Mount Deception.

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PICT0656: Seattle, Bellevue, part of Snoqualmie and the Olympics behind.

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PICT0657: Carnation, WA and Duvall, WA.  If only I had a 100 megapixel camera, my house my show up as one entire pixel in this picture. 

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PICT0676: Looking South at Rattlesnake Mountain/Lake.

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PICT0679: Looking SE towards Snoqualmie Pass.

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PICT0658: Buddy at the top!

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PICT0659: Harley at the top!

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PICT0660: Doh!  We're not really at the top yet...looking North at the top of Si.

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PICT0666: Little Tahoma and Mount Rainier!

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PICT0667: Same as PICT0666 but with a different light filter.

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PICT0668: Harley having fun in the snow.

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PICT0669: Looking West at the top of Si.

I went about 1/3 of the way up the haystack (the most popular scramble to the top), but the dogs were unable to follow me.  So, I turned around.

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PICT0671: Before I turned around, I held onto a rock for dear life and took this picture of Mount Baker, Sherman Peak, and Mount Shuksan.

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PICT0672: Looking NE.  You can see Baker, 3 Fingers, Sloan Peak (I think), and a little bit of Glacier Peak.

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PICT0674: Almost loosing my balance...

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PICT0675: Same as PICT0671 with a much closer focal point.