Springtime Little Si Hike

Our permit application for the Wonderland Trail has been submitted (at least we hope it has, we had some fax machine issues). We decided to kick off our training today with a nice springtime hike up the Little Si trail.

One of the new gadgets I tried out today was the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip. This cool little device attaches a camera to a backpack strap (or belt) and keeps the camera from swaying around excessively.   The clip consists of two parts – a clamp that goes around the strap, and a plate that attaches into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera. There is a release button that allows the camera to be attached/removed quickly. Here is a picture of my Sony NEX 6 attached to my day pack strap (funky camera angle – used my phone to get the picture).

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The hike itself was not super long – about 4.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain near 1300’. The weather was great – temperature in the mid 50s to low 60s.DSC00812

A short way into the hike, there is a side trail – “The Boulder Loop”. We skipped it on the way up, thinking we’d hit it on the way down. We ended up not doing it.DSC00813

This hike is a little more scenic than Mount Si. There are more things to see – a stream, some cool rock formations, and a small swamp (I didn’t take a picture of the swamp).

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My hiking buddy about 1/2 way up the trail.

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One of the more difficult trail sections. Fairly steep with a ton of roots and rocks. Sure glad I wasn’t trying to ride my motorcycle up this.

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Almost to the top. This is the view facing north.DSC00829

The view of Mount Si from the end of the trail.

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