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hiking
8 hours 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.

hiking
2 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 :)

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.

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!

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.

hiking
11 days ago

The hike wasn’t too bad for someone who isn’t very athletic like myself. It was just very long so prepare for that! My boyfriend and I went out today for my birthday and we wore many layers but ended up getting drenched in rain water, river water (you have to cross many, some can get up to mid calf in depth) and ended up turning around before we actually reached Goat Lake because we were worried we wouldn’t make it back before sundown. We hiked Lower Elliot on the way to the lake and Upper Elliot on the way back.. which we recommend because taking Upper Elliot back allows you to descend most of the time. Our advice: wear rain boots in the rainy seasons, dress in layers, maybe bring food because of how long the hike is (took us 4+ hours and remember we didn’t even make it to the lake), and start out early so you can take your time!

hiking
12 days ago

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

hiking
13 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.

Ameizing view!

Started around 8am with a group of hikers. We summited after about 2 hours and 40 minutes. We were back to trailhead at exactly 1pm (5 hours total time including the stop at the summit). Trail condition is good. Only needed microspikes and poles (some among us did not even use microspikes at all). No need for snowshoes. Make sure to check the signs to the correct trail as there are few “social trails” that can divert you from the actual trial. Views are amazing at summit.

Hiked with a group on 1/1/19. Microspikes needed after about 1 mile. We were fine without snowshoes.

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
14 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
14 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.

This is one of my absolute favorite hikes I’ve ever been on in my life. It’s challenging but absurdly beautiful, and when you reach the top you’ll just be blown away. It’s one of the best trails Washington has to offer. Go early so you can continue further to the next water feature, I didn’t get to go that far but it’s supposedly amazing.

hiking
22 days ago

We started our hike around 10am and it took our 3 hours to get summit and 2 and half hours down. It's really cold on the top but the view was wonderful that day! Great work out!!!

trail running
25 days ago

Good hike/run overall. First 2 miles very easy, with a few tough creek crossings. The trail up to the lake is in good shape, plenty of switchbacks, but that keeps the trail from getting too steep. The lake and surrounding mountain is beautiful. There is less then 6” of snow at the lake.
The gravel road to the trailhead closes in the winter, which adds another 5 miles each way.

Trails were in good shape , not crowded but multiple people on the trail . The look out is now just a small peekaboo view in one direction because of the growing trees .

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day heading up to Goat Lake. There is some snow on the trail but not deep or icy. Road is very potholed on the way to trail but manageable. Hike was very pretty, beautiful forest and Mountain View’s and pretty easy going.

Beautiful trail, currently just covered in snow. Unfortunately on our way back down from a couple day hike, it looks like the trail is now closed for the season. We had to remove, and put back, barricades to get my car out of the trailhead.

1 month ago

12/8/18
Took the lower trail out and upper trail back. Definitely recommend taking both trails as on the lower you get views of the river and upper you get better views of the mountains. Upper trail is a bit longer so be prepared for that if you use it for the way back. Both are well maintained and it's a fairly easy hike.
The lake is absolutely stunning and views of the mountains and waterfalls won't disappoint!
Still now snow cover as of date above, although some icy spots during stream crossings. Mountain loop highway has no snow as well. Dirt portion is in a bit of rough shape so low cars might struggle with all the pot holes.

nature trips
1 month ago

great work out still feeling it. some snow up top also

Definitely a work out on the way up!

hiking
1 month ago

chilly but beautiful day hike.

Great hike! It was chilly today and we didn’t bring enough layers but still very fun!

Did this hike today, no snow, very flat, just really long. There were a couple of little creeks to pass over, nothing crazy. We didn't finish the hike, it would have been dark by the time we got back and we waited to be leaving before it got dark. I would definitely plan on leaving earlier next time. Only saw a few people didn't seem to be a very popular hike but it was very well kept, looked like it was recently serviced! Other than a few potholes on the way up the road to the trailhead and our poor time management it was a pretty nice hike.

Great hike all around! Bonus was at the top had several birds eating nuts right out of my hand with snow flurries :)

hiking
1 month ago

Great views

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