Little Si Trail
Located only 45 minutes east of Seattle, the out and back Little Si trail offers a quick jaunt into beautiful mother nature with rewarding views of the valley below from the summit. Though the trail gets crowded during summer months and nice weather, its meandering trail through shady Pacific Northwest forest remains a Seattle area classic.
Be warned that even in inclement weather, the large parking lot and overflow parking for Little Si gets packed, so get there early (or late). The trailhead is located near the two restrooms (pit-toilets) on the further end of the main parking lot, and starts out with a steep and rocky ascent for the first .3 miles. New hikers, don't despair — the trail soon flattens before wending through quintessential PNW forest near the base of a cliff well-known in the local rock climbing community. Views of climbers scaling overhanging cliffs can be a fun stopover on your way up.
After a respite from the incline, the trail again gains elevation as it reaches the summit of Little Si, with a sudden rocky outcropping offering views of the valley below and mountain peaks in the distance, making for a fantastic lunch spot.
This trail is best suited to those looking for a quick and beautiful hike not too far from the city, and who don’t mind hiking with everyone and their dog. This is a great spot for newer hikers and those trying to get their trail legs back after a long winter. It also makes for good training grounds for the serious hiker looking to troubleshoot and break in new boots and gear, or just get in a quick cardio workout.
Good signs make this an easy-to-follow trail.
A Discover Pass is required.
This is an alternate route for Mount Si Loop via Old Mt Si Trail.
A Seattle-area classic! Yes, it gets crazy crowded in nicer weather, but it's also a great hike to stretch your legs, take in a little of Mama Nature, without the commitment. I often use Little Si as my winter training grounds, even when it's dark, since it's so easy to navigate the trail. Just make sure to bring good footwear/crampons/Yak Tracks and poles and a headlight/backup light if you're hiking in the snow, as it gets super icy. 4-stars due to the parking congestion and crowds, not the trail itself, which is surprisingly lovely. ★ ★ ★ ★