Mt. Si is located in North Bend, Washington. For anyone visiting or living in Seattle, it’s only about a 45 minute drive by car. It is also possible to get close to Mt. Si by bus from Seattle. You will find many beautiful views around Mt. Si, and it has a set of trails that are frequently enjoyed by visitors.
The climb is 4 miles from the parking lot to the top of the summit plateau, and it is considered a somewhat challenging day hike. Experienced mountain climbers and hikers recommend this walk as a great place to start conditioning yourself for more difficult trails. From many spots along the walk you can see fantastic views of the Upper Snoqualme Valley, the Puget Sound Basin, and far off into the distance.
Of Washington trails, Mt Si is known to have some of the most loved. Known to be snow free earlier in the year than other favorite hiking spots in the area, many people visit most of the year round. The trail head is very easy to find. Take I-90 East from Seattle to exit number 32, and then turn left on Bendigo and drive a little less than a mile to North Bend Way. Turn right, and drive on north bend way a little over a mile to SE Mt. Si Rd. Turn left and cross the Snoqualmie River bridge, and drive two miles to the parking lot at the head of the trail. It is a rural area, but take care to stow your valuables and lock your car, as you will be off on a long walk for a while. The elevation goes from 470 ft. at the trail head to 4167 at the summit.
Mt Si is a natural conservation area with a rich history. This mountain and the smaller mountain called Little Si were named for a settler that lived at the base of the mountain in the early 1800s. His name was Josiah Merritt, also known as “Uncle Si”. This area was populated earlier in history by the Snoqualmie,Hoh, Makah, and Quileute Native American Tribes, and must have names and stories in many older traditions.
You can also get a beautiful view of Mt. Si from Mt. Teneriffe,which has more beautiful trails that you can explore. The trail head for Mt. Teneriffe is only about a mile from the parking lot where the trails up into Mt Si begin. The hike may be more difficult, but reportedly offers some of the most beautiful views in Washington. The elevation reaches 4,ooo ft. and the trail is about fourteen miles. The last mile is apparently an unmaintained but relatively easy to follow trails. If you really like hiking and enjoy miles of breathtaking natural landscape, this may also be a walk for you to take. Since the trail is longer and more rugged, it will take more time and planning than a visit to Mt. Si.
Mt Si is popular with many hikers for a lot of reasons, one of them being that you can take the trail to the summit and back in an afternoon. Many hikers reach the open part of the summit and don’t scramble up the rocks to the highest point. This may require a little bit of physical skill and tenacity, but the view is amazing. On a clear day, you can actually see Seattle from Mt. Si.
Mt Si Information
DNR Recreation and Education Article
Snoqualmie Falls Information
Washington Hiking Information
Mt. Teneriffe Hiking Information