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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hiking Little Si, North Bend, Washington

Trail Description 

Length: 4.7 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1300 feet
Difficulty Assessment: Easy
Trail Type: Out and Back


About an hour east of Seattle, in the North Bend area, is Mt. Si.

Mt. Si is a popular hiking destinations for visitors and locals alike and is moderately trafficked out and back. There are two popular ways to hike Mt. Si: one is to hike up Little Si, the other is to hike up Mt. Si proper. Dogs are able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Bathrooms are at the start of the trail.

If you get there too late, parking may be tough. The car lot isn't very big.

Little Si is a good start for anyone interested in hiking Mt. Si but is unsure whether they can handle the mountain. It's a much shorter hike and can be used to gauge your fitness level.

Near the beginning of the trail (0.3 miles, 0.5 miles), there is an opportunity to get on the Boulder Garden Loop and merge with the more challenging Mount Si trail.

Although a bit short, the views of of Snoqualmie Valley and Rattlesnake Mountain are great.

Driving Directions (taken from WTA): 

Traveling on I-90 East, approaching North Bend, take exit for 436th Ave SE and turn left. Head 0.5 miles on 436 Ave SE and take a left on SE North Bend Way. Proceed 0.3 miles and turn right on SE Mount Si Road.

The main parking lot for Little Si will be 0.4 miles on your left as the road straightens out after the bend (if you pass 439 Pl SE or 440 PL SE, you have driven too far).

There is an overflow parking lot west of the main lot tucked into SE Mt Si Rd and 434 Ave SE. There is a trail connecting the two. Be warned that both lots may be full on weekends. There are two toilets in the main parking just off the trailhead. Discover Pass is required.

Notice: I got lazy with this entry so I copied and pasted some text from WTA and Alltrails. Please go to their sites for more information on the hike.

1. WTA Little Sai
2. AllTrails - Little Si
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