Mount Si is climbed by over 100,000 people per year who venture up 3,100 verticle feet in just four miles. The trail has become a popular climb if anything to attain bragging rights that they climbed the moderate to difficult trail. After hearing about how difficult this trail was, I decided I was ready for the challenge. I packed up my camera gear and headed up the mountain. Like so many of my fellow photogs, I readily accepted a challenge like this. This particular trip did not start out as planned. On the very day, search and rescue had closed the parking lot which meant I had to find street parking...a mile away from the trail head. No big deal, I overcame this challenge. Apparently search and rescue was hauling a cart up the hill to help a injured hiker.
The ascent to the top of Mount Psi switchbacks through the forest. Most of the trail is steap, with many switch backs, but at one point the trail flattens out and enters a grove of young trees. It is a nice place to stop and rest before your continue up the mountain.
Figure 1 -
The young forest
You emerge from the trees, legs tired from a brutal four mile climb and look around at an awe inpiring view that makes the inner child in you come alive. You feel energy rush through your body as you climb the rocks to see more. This image is looking South, toward Mount Rainier.
Figure 2 -
Looking down on North Bend Washington. The sun is low in the horizon and the view only becomes more spectacular.
Figure 3 -
North of North Bend Washington
As you wait for the sunset, the view becomes more impressive. Watching the sun set on a tall mountain is an amazing thing. As you sit on the cliffs far above North Bend, Washington, watching the sun set over Seattle in the distance, you are overwhelmed with a moment of reflection. You come down the mountain an entirely new person.
Figure 4 -
Sunset on Mount Si