The Alarm went of @ just after 4am, and it was time to go. I was to meet him @ the Mt. Si trailhead, and be ready to go by 5am. All went off without a hitch and we broke out the headlamps right away, and noticed a bite in the air (43 degrees). The chill quickly went away about 200 yards into the hike. At this point we were almost sweating! We did however find our rhythm and suffered up the hill. For those not familiar with Mt. Si, it is a 4 mile (one way) hike w/ 4000 feet of elevation gain. Noticing after 35 minutes that this was going to be a brutal go up the hill I reminded us both the reward of a sunrise at the top is going to totally make it worth!!!
After 1hr and 20 minutes or so we were greeted with the summit, and with that summit come's priceless views! We got ourselves organized by putting on dry shirts, our down jackets, wools hats, and I poured myself a cup of coffee. From here I got all the camera gear setup and started clicking away! Words or pictures cannot do this trip justice. It was such a pretty morning, and we found ourselves up there for almost an hour! We had great views!! Check it out (you tube)..
|Morris- Fearless Adventurer|
|We did see the sun on the run down coming through the trees. It took us just over 40 minutes or so from top to bottom|
|Mt. Rainer is one IMPRESSIVE mountain|
|The Alpenglow showing today was breathtaking. I couldn't think of any other place I would have rather been at that time!|
|The marine layer was keeping the fog nice and low in the Snoqualmie Valley. If you look really far off you can see downtown Seattle!|
|Striking a pose with Mt. Rainer in the backdrop|
|Haystack from Below|