On a fine winter weekend the sun was shining out and we decided to drive to this park. It is a beautiful setting in nature with its fresh air, trees and moss. There is also a gorgeous old building on the grounds that used to be a Catholic seminary until 1977. There are amazing playgrounds and huge fields for running and tossing a ball. There is also access to Lake Washington shoreline.
We found a quiet sense of peace and solitude in this grand forested setting. We enjoyed the smell of the ferns and trees and just listened to the sounds of nature. There are lots of trails to wonder through the huge forest. I’ve yet to walk any of the trails, but they look fantastic.
It was a sunny weekend and we decided we would hike along Mt Si before the Seattle summer wades off a good bye. This trail is an 8 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 3100 and is somewhat challenging. It was crowded as it is one of the most popular hikes around.
We started and the trail was beautiful covered with trees. There was a creek in the beginning and places to stop and rest on the way. At first, it didn’t seem so bad, but then we quickly realized that we were basically going uphill for the entire 4 miles. It was most difficult towards the end where we were basically climbing up stairs.
Mountaineers have long used this as a ‘short’ training hike for more challenging mountains. Some climb with full packs and we saw one on our way too running on the trail.
Finally, passed the wind, and thick cover trees, we reached the summit in more than 2 hrs. The trees opened up to a vast panorama of open space ringed in the great distance by views of the Cascades, accented by Mount Rainier and we felt so accomplished. We ate lunch at the summit in the nice cool breeze with little chipmunks around; looking out at the vast expanse before us. It was worth it.
We were rejuvenated enough to make it back in half the time it took to come up. But going down was equally difficult in itself as the decline is pretty steep and it takes more control to walk down than to kind of trot down at times.
Tip: Make sure to wear good shoes and breathable clothing. Also bring plenty of water and a refreshing lunch for the top. You would want to hike this on a nice clear blue sky day since the fog and clouds can easily roll on in, blocking the view and your hard earned work!
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