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I’m too greedy to actually buy a full day pass for just mediocre snow and clouds, besides I’m too impatient to get in waiting lines to ski on weekends.
To up the ante a bit, I picked Mt Si. Nice and balmy February hike (no wonder there’s not much snow). For teasers, the last half mile had some snow/ice cover. View was soso, high cloud ceiling with some sun spots. Warmed up on good hot Assam tea (complete with sugar and milk) before heading down. Enjoyed the company and chat with Jim (a local hiker I met on the way up) for most of the descent.
Sorry, no pics, light wasn’t great, plus the camera battery was almost discharged.

Besides the overdue physical excercise, I now realize how therapeutical those hikes can be, a welcome stress relief from helping Lisa with her battle with cancer.

Stats:

Distance: 8mi / 13km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  3400ft / 1020m
High point: 3980ft / 1194m
Hiking time: 2:05 up, 1:20 down
Weather: mostly cloudy, 40 at TH

Hikers:
David

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This week’s hike to Si I chose to go light & fast: small daypack, 2 qt camelbak water bladder and some granola bars.
From the trailhead up tothe Snoqualmie view point took me 95minutes, including playing photographer for a bunch of UW students at the 3.5mi viewpoint. Subtracting the ~15minutes of breaks along the ascend, this makes for a 80min actual travel time, averaging 3 miles per hour.
Descend was exactly one hour, with mostly jogging and only misstepping once in the dark, but no damage (sheepish grin). Unfortunatly, the jog down had me lose my Swiss army knive 😦

Stats:

Distance: 8mi / 13km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  3400ft / 1020m
High point: 3980ft / 1194m
Hiking time: 1:35 up, 1hr down
Weather: sunny, 70 at TH

Hikers:
David

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Wed 6/25 – Mount Si again

Wonderful summer day, but hazy horizon with Mt. Rainier sporting its own cloud collar. We had an amazing fast mile average (24min) for the middle part, but on the top mile my 35lbs load did win and we were back to slower speeds.
We enjoyed the gorgeous view over Snoqualmie valley, cheese, salami, fruit, wine and each others company on the summit until sunset. On the way down we discussed the “essentials” we’d need for the Wonderland trail: italian espresso cooker, champagne in cans, … that backpacking trip promises to be lots of fun 🙂





Stats:

Distance: 8mi / 13km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  3400ft / 1020m
High point: 3980ft / 1194m
Hiking time: 2:00 up, 2hrs down
Weather: sunny, 75 at TH

Hikers:
Marjan, David

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Our Wonderland Trail backpack trip is only six weeks away, time to get more serious with carrying a more substantial pack. Today was also a first with my new backpack (Deuter ACT 65+10), loaded up with a total of 30lbs. What a joy to dump 2gals of water at the summit to lighten the load for the descent (my knees are grateful…)


Stats:

Distance: 8mi / 13km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  3400ft / 1020m
High point: 3980ft / 1194m
Hiking time: 2:05 up, 2hrs down
Weather: sunny, 80 at TH

Hikers:
David

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Wonderful hiking weather, with clear and blue sky. Very warm and humid at the bottom, nice, sunny and comfy on the summit. Last 1/4 (final mile) of trail is still under 1-2ft of packed snow and a bit icy. Glad we brought trekking poles.
Most wonderful view of Mt. Rainier!! And yes, the view is even more enjoyable with good food and a glass of red wine 🙂

Descent was tedious, took us a full hour to get over the first snow-covered mile. But only another hour for the remaining 3 miles to the parking lot.

Stats:

Distance: 8mi / 13km roundtrip
Elevation gain:  3400ft / 1020m
High point: 3980ft / 1194m
Hiking time: 2:15 up, 2hrs down
Weather: sunny, 75 at TH

Hikers:
Marjan, David

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