I should have taken the advice given to me and gone to this trail on a weekday rather than a Saturday morning. Our thinking was that the same Saturday we ran this trail the Seattle Rock n' Roll marathon was happening, which would ideally weed out some of the fitness crazed people drawn to the I-90 corridor. We also decided if we got there before 8AM the trail would have a lower density. The way up was perfect with few people on the trail. The way down was a parking lot and I ended up rolling my ankle a couple times. I also pancaked a woman onto a Douglas Fir who had headphones on and was completely aloof from all surroundings. I have strong feelings about hikers wearing headphones on a trail with heavy traffic - for everyone's safety, it shouldn't be allowed. I can't even imagine what this trail looked like late morning.
Mt. Si, like any trail, is used mainly by hikers. I saw a couple trail runners coming down, but all other hikers gave me a crooked look like I was crazy. Aside from crowds, this trail is a steady climb of ~3,500 ft in four miles. It's short but it offers steady uphill which was my only interest in the trail. Beyond the rock field on top lies Haystack Scramble which isn't run-able but if you feel like stumbling on unstable jello legs it offers a nice view. The trail is well groomed and it would be impossible to get lost with the all the markings at forks. I didn't stop to read the intersection signs but I imagine there are some sweet connector trails.
This was my first time running with a pack. I borrowed my dad's Camelback Hydration Vest and I was pleasantly surprised. I've tried handheld bottles in the past and ended up with an arm cramp and lapped breathing 10 feet later so I've always been a completely aid-free runner. Once I started doing longer trail runs over three hours it was obvious the extra aid is essential. On the road it's easy to set street-side gatorade out ahead of time or plan routes by water fountains, but good luck finding those amenities on the trails. I'm glad I found what works for me in longer unsupported races; I'll definitely be wearing a pack for Angel's Staircase.
The run was on the shorter side for Justin and I. We planned to continue on to neighboring trails but stopped short. We felt out of rhythm from dodging so many hikers downhill and assumed the other trails were just as packed. Taking note for future runs...
A few forest friends on the trail...
Mount Si: Exit 32 off I-90
Distance: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: ~3,500 ft
I am an outdoor and travel junkie who is currently completing my doctorate in occupational therapy overseas in rural Fiji. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.