Mt. Si is about 45 minutes from Seattle in the Cascade Mountains. Views from the tip include Puget Sound, Cascade Mountains, Seattle and the Snoqualmie River Valley.
Wikipedia says about 80,000 to 100,000 people visit the Mt. Si annually. Last time we hiked Mt. Si it was on a weekend and it was PACKED. You could hardly find a spot in the parking lot and people were starting to park on the road.
This time we went on a Monday afternoon and there were only a couple of dozen groups on the trail.
This is a tough but rewarding hike. It’s pretty much a steep trail with a few less steep parts. Both dogs did great. In this video you can see Gretel had absolutely no problems navigating the rocky, scramble sections.
OK, there ARE a few short, almost flat sections but they aren’t even long enough to let you catch your breath. If you need a break there is an open area with some benches about one quarter of the way up and a boardwalk with a bench at Snag Flats, a bit before the two mile mark.
We didn’t take many breaks this time up – just some quick ones for water, energy snacks and to wipe the sweat from our eyes. It took us 2.5 hours to hike to the top.
After the last scramble at the top, we settled into the rock outcrop for a much-needed break. It was a bit breezy but it felt good after the hike. up.
There were birds and chipmunks. Gretel and Chester loved watching them (but we didn’t let them chase them of course). We drank plenty of water and devoured our lunch.
I am always surprised at the energy that Chester and Gretel have. The hike took us about 6 hours and they pulled the whole way up and all the way back down. When we got back to the car they acted like we had never left the parking lot.
They did pass out as soon as we got home and slept through the night. Tired Doggies are good 🙂
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There are a lot of dogs on trail. Most are leashed (they are supposed to be by law) or their owner’s put them on a leash as soon as they see you coming. Today though we came across a hiking party with a dog of leash and the owners did nothing. The dog came up and stuck his nose right in Gretel’s face. Even though Gretel is fearful there was no incident this time. Just be aware.
Be sure to drink plenty of water yourself and give plenty to your dog. We suggest stopping at least every half hour to drink. If you are like us, even if it feels cool you will be sweating buckets and losing lots of water.
The hike back down is the hard part. It’s a knee crusher. I suggest bringing a hiking pole.
A Discover Pass is required to park at the trailhead.
Distance: 8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 3,500 – 3,700 feet (depending on which source you use)
Summit Elevation: 4, 167
Human Calories Burned: 1,389
Chester Calories Burned (12 lbs): 95*
Gretel Calories Burned (9 lbs): 71*
Curious how many calories you and your dog burn hiking? You can also enter your dogs weight to get an estimate* of how many calories they burned.
*The calculator is for humans. Dog’s burn calories at a slightly different rate so this is only an estimate.