Conditioning Hike

Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

Conditioning Hike - Mount Si Old Trail

Conditioning Hike for Seattle Alpine Scrambling Course Pod I

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

Meet 7:00 am at the Little Si trailhead (NOT the regular Mt. Si trailhead.) Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to boot up and get your gear situated so you're ready to go by 7:00. 

This is a conditioning hike for Pod I Seattle Alpine Scrambling Course students. We will use this trip to get to know our pod members, test out gear, discuss the course, and prepare for a summer of scrambling. 

We will take the Old Si trail starting from the Little Si trailhead. This trail is less traveled and has more variation than the new Si trail, but there will still be a fair number of people on it on a Saturday morning. Let's get up it before the crowds arrive.

Covid precautions will be in effect. Keep your mask on and stay socially distanced in the parking lot. Our Covid procedures will be discussed before we start walking (generally as long as you keep your distance it is okay to have your mask off while hiking, but always be prepared to mask up and step off the trail when passing by other people).


Mount Si Old Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

You should carry the gear you would take on a day-long scramble trip, including the 10 essentials, rain gear, and extra clothes. This is not a scramble though, so you may leave your helmet, ice axe, and emergency harness at home. For conditioning purposes you could replace that gear with an equivalent weight of extra water. 

This is an opportunity to test out your mountaineering boots. If you have not bought them yet, regular hiking boots are okay.

There may be enough snow on the trail to warrant the use of traction devices (Yaktrax, microspikes, trail crampons). Full size climbing crampons that you'd use on a scramble would not be appropriate.

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