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Hiking Little Si – If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Since moving to Seattle I’ve tried to get out at least twice a month to do some hiking.  One of my favorite trails is the Little Mt. Si in North Bend – mainly because it’s such a challenge for me!  When looking for trails I first visit the Washington Trails Association website.  The Little Si trail was rated ‘easy’, however the first time I hiked it I didn’t think it was so easy!  I found myself huffing and puffing and having to take lots of ‘breaks’.  I felt really out of shape after I reached the summit and about 2 minutes later a mom with a baby on her back and 4 year old daughter showed up right behind me.  I remember passing them at the start of the trail….. yeeaa.

Little Si Trail
Little Si Trail

I decided then that I was going to ‘train’ so that next time I did that hike I wouldn’t feel like dying half way up!  I tried other trails around the area and would hike these neighborhood steps on my walk with the dogs!

Stairs of Death
Stairs of Death

I have to admit the stairs are getting a little easier – I don’t feel like dying till the last set.

A few weeks ago I hiked the Twin Falls trail – which was beautiful!  I would definitely hike this one again and again.

Twin Falls hike
Twin Falls hike

i’ve discovered a trail near the Sound in West Seattle.  This hike is pretty steep and I don’t see me hiking it once it starts to rain since it’s pretty slippery as it is.  (I see me slipping and sliding in the mud)  Though it is a great hike for being so close to my apartment.

West Seattle Sound
West Seattle Sound

So after spending the past couple of months hiking various trails (and the stairs) I decided to tackle Little Si again this past Friday.  I have to say it was a little easier!   I didn’t have to take as many breaks, despite not having enough energy and too many layers of clothing.  (note to self:  must eat before going on a hike).

Little Si Summit
Little Si Summit

I’ll keep training and hopefully I can hike Little Si at least once more before the weather makes it too mucky.   I think the best part about hiking Little Si, besides the great workout, and its beauty – is the beautiful view of Big Si at the summit. I hear Big Si calling my name….

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