Conditioning Hike

Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course

Conditioning Hike - Mount Si Old Trail

Conditioning trip to an I-90 region hiking summit

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft

8:00am Little Si parking lot

A Discover Pass is required for parking here.

Driving Directions

Traveling on I-90 East, approaching North Bend, take exit for 436th Ave SE and turn left. Head 0.5 miles on 436 Ave SE and take a left on SE North Bend Way. Proceed 0.3 miles and turn right on SE Mount Si Road. The main parking lot for Little Si will be 0.4 miles on your left as the road straightens out after the bend (if you pass 439 Pl SE or 440 PL SE, you have driven too far).

Please call if you are running late, I'll only wait around a few minutes for no shows, so if your like 15 minutes late you might miss the hike.

This is an early season conditioning hike to start getting in shape for the upcoming season, don't pack too much weight for the first few hikes. Do bring your 10 essentials, some water and maybe a snack for the summit.

For a good workout, expect that we'll be moving a moderate pace with little or no stopping on the way up.

We will be hiking regardless of the weather, so be aware of the forecast and dress accordingly.

This trip is one of a series of optional hikes for scramble course students to work on their conditioning, explore the foothills peaks and become better acquainted with the other students and scramble community members. These conditioners are also a great way to test out your gear in the field.

This trip is not a scramble, does not count toward graduation and is optional, however we strongly suggest that you participate in as many of these conditioning hikes as possible.

The leader(s) are scramble course graduates and instructors, but not necessarily official scramble leaders.  Sign-up is limited to students from the current year's scramble course. 

Depending on our ability to recruit leaders for these hikes, there might be more than one hike listed per day OR the group might be split into two separate parties, one faster and one slower.

Destinations might be one of these locations:

  • Mt Si - via the standard trail.
  • Mt Si - via the "old" trail that starts at the Little Si trailhead
  • Mt Tenerife
  • Mailbox Peak
  • Mt Washington
  • Rattlesnake Mountain
  • Tiger Mountain 1 from Issaquah High School (3000' gain/5 hours)
  • Others?



Mount Si Old Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

This is not a scramble, so helmets, ice axes and harnesses are not required however for conditioning you should carry all the gear you will be taking on a scramble trip. This includes helmet, ice axe and hasty harness.

Everything else you would bring on a regular scramble course is required including the 10 essentials, rain gear and extra clothes.

This is a great time to test our the boots you are planning to use during the scramble course for fit and comfort. If you do not have those boots yet sturdy hiking boots will suffice for now.

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