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hiking
6 hours ago

Did Si last year in Feb, bring your micro spikes as it gets really icy and snow in the last mile. Awesome, well worth view at the top.

Amazing hike. Mid January, feels like summer.

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muddy
20 hours ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for an easy hike/walk. Good for dogs and kids. It was quite muddy and there were 3 creek crossings of increasing difficulty. Nothing that takes a daredevil but your feet may get wet. The weather was great and the falls were beautiful!

Went with my best friend Monday afternoon around 3, took our time and ended up hiking back to car in the dark. Well worth it, just make sure you have flashlights or prepare unlike us and go earlier. I cant wait to go back when it’s warmer and go swimming.

hiking
4 days ago

Amazing trail! Go early on a weekday and you’ll practically have it to yourself (I left the trailhead at 7:30am and there were only few other cars). Took me ~80’ of powerhiking to summit (excluding haystack) and 40’ to run down. But I also spent plenty of time at the summit, exploring the rocks and scrambling up haystack (do it!). The views were just stunning. Rainier towers over the rest of the Cascades and the olympics were totally clear to the west. Very little snow at the top. I did the whole thing in trail running shoes and didn’t have a problem.

There was some confusion if we should take ext 52 or 47 thanks to Apple maps. We chose to go with ext 47. The gate to the FSR is closed. We parked on the street near the gate. It was Sunday afternoon so there were plenty of places to park. We knew that we would be racing against the sun but are pretty fit, experienced, and prepared. There is ice on the two mile stretch of road you have to hike to get to the trail head. The trail itself is covered in snow and ice. I would not have attempted this trail without micro spikes. With warmer temps I was careful to stay on the trail and not get too close to the edge (could easily slip or snow could give way on the cliff side). Round trip this hike ends up about 8 miles. From the gate and back it took us about 2.5 hours round trip, including our stop at the falls.

hiking
5 days ago

Arrived at the trailhead at 9am on a Sunday. Roughly half the lot was full. The haystack is very dry and you climbable. Most folks didn’t attempt so I was all alone up there around 11am :)

hiking
6 days ago

Weather on the trail was perfect, no need for poles or yaktracks. The trail is super wore down and good for a person looking for a stroll or a family. The upper falls is worth the extra ~1 mi to the top. Also we started our hike at 8:30am and was completely alone most of the time, trail didn't start to get heavy with people until around 10:00.

Trail is well made with stones. discover pass for parking. on sunny day, Seattle and Bellevue and a bunch of popular mountains including Mt Rainier are visible.
I measured hike up to be 4 miles. Hard to find good spot for lunch. Top is mountain is a little risky with too many stones and almost rock climbing.
Overall great experience, better than mailbox peak.

Beautiful hike! Hiked 1/12. There was a “road closed ahead” and then barriers that have been moved out of the way just before the 3 mile gravel road. We park at the bottom at first, the. A mile up after seeing several cars go by we decided-to go back and drive up. Road was okay and several cars at the parking lot not sure why it was closed.. anywho about 2 miles in you’ll need spikes. A few open steep valleys to cross, had a few scary moments sinking in the snow. All in all a great hike, never stops going up, so be prepared to get your sweat on ☺️. Many beautiful lookouts along the way!

Hey friends over there, if you are about to hike this beautiful place I highly recommend SPIKES, hiked today and was very glad the weather was so warm and kind. Somewhere around the last 1,5-2miles it’s manageable to go up without spikes but the way down is uggghh epic. There is ice and snow, you should definitely have spikes and poles on the way down especially. Other than that great views, oh and trail is not maintained so extra help will be a gps, I used the all trails map or just have a buddy who hiked there before. Have fun

Challenging ascent! Two of us hiked in regular boots and were perfectly fine the entire climb. Very windy at the too and quite chilly so bring a summit jacket... absolutely stunning views at the summit. Go on a clear day!

Doing this hike again, after 5 years. This time we are doing it with Daughter, our 8mth old puppy and more friends. Going Saturday January 12th 2019. This will be the 3rd hike of the new year.☺

Plenty of parking, pretty muddy. But pretty

Beautiful hike! Perfect weather beautiful lake and Mt Rainier in full view!

Pretty challenging hike and not for beginners. Even being in the military, this one made me fairly sore for a few days. On a clear day, the summit is beautiful.

Such a nice great little hike. My husband and I hiked with our kids and my brother in law. It gets a little steep towards the end and but over all an easy great hike with a beautiful view

Beautiful, but super busy trail. Since the road is closed prior to the trailhead it adds an additional long, boring walk (approx 2-3 miles each way). The trail was super slick when we visited, we saw a few people managing with hiking boots but they were moving very slowly. Bring microspikes-it really helped!! Also, turn left once you see the sign for “franklin falls parking,” don’t follow the sign for parking - turn left then the trailhead will be on your right!

Beautiful in the snow :)

Hiked today (Jan-5, Sat), arrived around 11am, there is not much parking but was plenty of space today, not a high season. Trail is easy and in a pretty good condition, muddy sometimes, but nothing bad. Main challenge was the Hannan Creek crossing near the falls. There is a fork and loop on the second part of the trail, you can go left or right, both trails go to the falls. I took the left trail and that was a mistake, creek crossing on the left side was worse than on the right, it was not easy to cross without getting wet. There are some logs and rocks but pretty slippery and you have to jump. I wish I had my poles with me just for this crossing, left mine in the car for this easy hike.

My suggestion - take the right trail, there is a crashed car right after the fork, so you will know what place I am talking about. Creek crossing is smaller on this side and there is a big tree over it, which you can use for easy crossing. Then after the falls you can try the other side of the trail to go back, if you can’t make the crossing there, it’s not far at all to return and go back the same way. And, as I mentioned, poles will be helpful for creek crossing. Unless you are fine with wading through the creek and get wet.

hiking
15 days ago

Steep hike up Mount Si. Great views at the top but not much on the way up.

on Cedar Butte Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Only ones there super quiet hike with a nice view at top. Not a whole lot of relaxing space at the summit.

hiking
16 days ago

Went on the last date of the 2018. It was sunny and clear, the view at the top was amazing. Temperature was about 30s at the trail head, but in the teens at the top. Didn’t feel too cold though, as we generated much heat during the hike. Some mud along the trail but that was expected as it had been raining the whole week before.
The last 1.5 miles was covered in snow so we had our microspikes on. I saw couple of people with flat shoes made it to the top, and couple other people in shorts and flip-flops. Guys, just don’t wear shorts and flip-flops in winter hikes. For your sanity shake, just buy a pair of cheap microspikes.

Saw some dog poo on the way down, which was bad.
Overall it was a great hike, lot of people but not too crowded in the winter.

Such a gorgeous trail all through. One can hear the sound of river pretty much from the entire trail. the views of water gushing on the rocks and the waterfalls are to unbelievable! Middle falls are the most pretty but lower falls are quite a beauty too. Upper falls has a much steeper climb but not the views as impressive as middle or lower. Also if you go to upper falls, the total trail length is 5.5 miles. I think the 4.4 miles mentioned in the description is only till middle falls. But Valley overlook point is beautiful, after middle falls and before upper. The trail condition is very good. Various bridges, stairs and paved paths all through the trail. Hiking poles were such a savior. the climb is steep on this trail, so if you can take the poles, please do!

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike on a beautiful and maintained trail. Being that it was New Year’s Day and free day at state parks we were still lucky enough to find parking.

We had some sunshine and a bit of blue skies. We saw a lot of cool fungus.

Hiked with our two kiddos, ages 5 and 7. The ranger station has a fun scavenger hunt to complete.

I’ve done this hike 8 times or so in the past 2 years. Always a good hike, but if you’re going in the winter bring micro spikes. $56 on Amazon. You’re welcome.

on Mount Si Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Good winter hike! Lower elevation than many other hikes and in the forest until the haystack so you’re sheltered from the wind. Trail is packed snow for ~1.5 miles to the top, some parts are a little icy. We did fine in hiking boots without spikes, but spikes would’ve made the decent much faster. Took us 2h 40m from the parking lot to the top and 2h 30m back down. 40+ cars in the lot on New Year’s Day.

My wife and I did this hike to end 2018, on Dec 31st. Definitely takes effort to make it to the top. snow/icy covered trail, we used spikes; but saw people with out them. Great view from top. Total time on trail: ascent, photos at top, lunch, and descent = ~4h55m

hiking
18 days ago

This was our second time. First time we made to top in Nov 2018. For this time We had to turn back from last 1.5 miles as trail was snowy , icy and slippery on 31st dec. We were in hiking boots. Spikes and poles could have helped to get to top. With family with 9 year kid we chose to turn around as descending would require spikes as trail was snowy n slippery with out spikes. Hikers with spikes were able to do it. Some were doing in hiking boots but better make your call considering safety.

18 days ago

Super busy trail, nonetheless it is very beautiful at this time of the year. The final stretch to the falls is very icy making it difficult to go all the way down without spikes.
The snow is very compact, there is no need for snowshoes.
Parking spot can be very difficult to get if you don’t arrive in the morning.

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