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Early Bird Special! [Little Si]

You resolved at the beginning of 2013 that that flab would become fab! (You know what I’m talkin’ about) and you are seriously ready to break up with your treadmill and hit the trails? Here is your chance! Each Saturday starting in March we will begin the early morning adventure; most of the hikes I am hosting take approximately an hour up and hour down. This means you have from 0930 to start the rest of your day, with high energy!
I will change up the location for these hikes, but know that some may go a little longer than the two hours based on your pace. If you are a slower hiker you will be able to meet others at your pace. I tend to be mid-to-fast paced (2.5mph avg). I will wait at the top for ALL hikers and provide support and motivation along the way (I’m not a cheerleader, but I do want to see you succeed!)
I am currently going to stick to hikes in the Issaquah Alps area and will post the hike accordingly.
INTINERARY:
0700 AM – Depart Eastgate Park and Ride (WEST LOT)

0730 AM - Depart Trail head (approximation)

HIKE: 
Little Si HIKE DETAILS:
Location: Little Si 
Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region
Round Trip: 5ish miles
Elevation Gain: 1200 ft
Highest Point: 1576 ft
Features: Old growth, Mountain views, Wildlife
User info: Dogs allowed on leash.
Driving Directions:
[From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 mile to North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on Mount Si Road. Shortly after crossing the bridge, the road banks right. Just after this curve, look for a paved parking area on the left side of the road (if you get to the intersection with 444th Avenue SE, you've gone too far).

REQUIREMENTS:
Suggestion: Bring snacks. It is recommended you bring something warm too.

The 10 essentials. Short hike such as this you may limit the amount of supplies you need, but here are the 10 essentials anyway: Nutrition (food), hydration (water), insulation (rain gear/extra clothing, GLOVES!), emergency shelter (small emergency bivy), navigation (map & compass), first aid kit & repair kit (for you!), sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), illumination (headlamp). There are always other items you should carry with you, but you will learn along the way.

More on clothing: On weekend hikes (when there is more mileage between us and the trailhead I am a little more strict on my “no cotton” policies. Dress comfortably and warm; check out www.sectionhiker.com for more information on wearing cotton hiking-Or email me and I will tell you.

Pace
This adventure will likely be a little slower, but I typically hike at 2.5 mph. If you are not in shape or are a beginner hiker IS the trip for you. You will be able to improve your hiking skills and meet others on the trail too!

Support
We will take plenty of breaks throughout the day. It is recommended you bring snacks to enjoy on the trail. During the hike we can cover any questions you have about equipment, navigation, first aid, regulations, other hikes, or anything else I can help you with. My 10 years of First Aid instruction to my 20+ years hiking is information I am always willing to share!

Rain Policy
I hike rain, sleet, snow, shine…we live in Washington! Don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying the outdoors.

FAQs:
Q: Do you run? A: Some of the folks on my hikes like to run; the majority of folks who attend these hikes maintain a moderate pace (we stop once in a while, but this is not a stroll). It is important for me to keep all hikers at a similar skill level for group safety. Please reach out to me if you are concerned about your skill level.
Q: Will you still hike in the rain? A: Yes, a little light rain never hurt anyone…unprepared for the rain though could; please come prepared for ANY weather condition.
Q: Do I have to bring a headlamp? A: Yes, any sort of lamp or torch to get you down safely.
Q: Where do you meet? A: I will always meet in the WEST LOT at the Eastgate Park and Ride (as I have been doing all summer)…look for the lot closest to the hotel. Please note, with changes of season we will be leaving promptly at 5:45pm from the WEST LOT.
Q: What do you look like; how will I find you? A: I look just like my picture…and you will find me standing with others in the WEST LOT.
HIKE DETAILS:
Location: Mount Si/Talus Loop
North Bend Area
Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region
Round Trip: 8.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 3150 ft
Highest Point: 3900 ft
Features: Old growth, Mountain Views, Summits
User info: Dogs allowed on leash, Discover Pass required
Driving Directions:
From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 mile to North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on Mount Si Road. The large trailhead parking lot is on the left, 2.5 miles down the road.Itinerary
5:45pm – Depart Eastgate Park and Ride (WEST LOT)

6:15pm - Depart Trail head (approximation)

Requirements
Please dress accordingly and be sure to have your ten essentials (water and snacks as desired). Also, as a friendly reminder: this is a conditioner, not a leisurely stroll.

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  • Laura J.

    Hi all. I will be at the west side of the park and ride by 6:45. If you look up and see a bridge, you are on the east side of the p&r and will miss us. Go west to the traffic light and turn right to get to the west side. I will be wearing a turquoise jacket. Email me here by 6:55 if you are lost. If you are meeting us at the trailhead, please be there by 7:30. See you all in the morning!

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone coming from Seattle that I could catch a ride to the TH/P&R? Happy to pitch in for gas

    April 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chris, i am driving from south seattle.. Will be taking i5 and i90

      April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any carpools available? I am driving from south seattle..

    April 19, 2013

  • Laura J.

    Hi everyone! Sorry for my late comment. I've been out of town and just got back to a computer. I will be at the Eastgate P&R by 6:45 a.m. For those who can't meet there, please meet us at the Little Si Trailhead. Parking there is VERY limited, so I highly encourage carpooling from the P&R.

    April 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Laura, how do we find you at the P&R?

      April 19, 2013

  • Laura J.

    Hi DanH and Chris,

    Have fun on Big Si - it's a favorite of mine. Hopefully it's not too crowded. If you aren't going to be doing Little Si with us, please change your RSVP since there is a small waitlist. Thanks!

    Laura

    April 19, 2013

    • DanH

      Oh sure sorry :o

      April 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm still planning on doing little si at this point

      April 19, 2013

  • DanH

    I'm going to do Big Si if anyone wants to go with! I'll say hi to folks at the PR.

    April 19, 2013

    • DanH

      Leaving from Cap Hill.

      April 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd be down to do Mt. Si if it is clear tomorrow. Been waiting on the next clear day to do it.

      April 19, 2013

  • Laura J.

    Hi James, I can give you a ride, and two others if anyone is interested.

    April 18, 2013

    • Nivas

      Hi Laura. I'd like to carpool too from P&R if possible. Thanks.

      April 18, 2013

    • Ali

      I'll meet up at P&R and would like to carpool up!

      April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like this trail

    April 19, 2013

  • Deepa

    Hi! I enjoy hiking around here. I haven't done much hiking but trying to so more of it.

    April 18, 2013

  • Laura J.

    Just added the location - Little Si. It's a fun little hike!

    April 18, 2013

  • Leah

    Double booked myself. Laura wll be overseeing the hike for me.

    April 3, 2013

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