Stewardship - Little Si


Stewardship - Little Si

Join us on National Climber's Stewardship Day on June 15 to repair the Little Si Trail with partners from the Seattle Outdoor Adventurers meetup, the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway, and the Washington Climber's Coalition! We'll re-surface and re-crown a section of critically degraded turnpike structure on this very popular local trail.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 1.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Saturday, June 15 - 8:30am to 2pm

All training is provided - no experience necessary! Just bring a great attitude for working with a team! Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 5 hours on uneven terrain.   Afterward, let's get together at a local eatery to share our experiences and passion with each other about this awesome project.

We will park in the Little Si Overflow Parking Lot:  

From Seattle, take I-90 eastbound. Take exit 32 for 436th Ave SE and turn left onto 436th Ave SE. In a half mile, turn left onto SE North Bend Way. Take your first right onto SE Mt Si Rd. In about a half mile turn left onto 434th Ave SE, the Little Si Overflow Parking Lot will be on your left.

Parking exemption:


Companion piece to neighbor and big brother Mount Si, the small rocky bluff known as Little Si is a moderately graded beginner- and family-friendly trail located in the hike-rich North Bend area less than an hour away from Seattle. Due to its proximity to large urban areas, the Little Si trail is one of the most hiked trails in the state, and thus is consistently in need of attention and maintenance.

The section of the Little Si trail just beyond the junction of the first Boulder Garden Loop Trail access point is trapping water between the wooden stringers (turnpike) that once trapped solid trail material in and diverted water. Because of this, people are either choosing new routes around the wet sections (more social trails) or are getting their feet wet.

In order to remedy this trail problem, we need to re-surface the tread along the entirety of this turnpike with a combination of gravel, soil, and clay and recreate a crown along the trail to effectively move water from the trail surface. The Mountaineers will pay an essential role in the project by getting the gravel up the trail to the project site, and then working alongside the Greenway’s pro trail crew to re-surface and re-crown this section of trail.  This will be the Mountaineers' part of a collaborative volunteer event with the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway, The Access Fund, Washington Climbers Coalition and other members of the Washington climbing community.  

What to Bring

For safety, volunteers are required to wear:

  • Long pants (we’ll be working with tools, so no shorts!)
  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes (absolutely no sandals)
  • Gloves

In addition, we recommend that participants bring:

  • Warm layers, especially during the fall, winter, and spring
  • Rain gear
  • Big sack lunch
  • Water for the day (3 liters minimum)
  • Small daypack for lunch, extra layers, etc.


participants will earn:


Little Si

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

Tools, helmets work gloves and eye protection are provided.

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