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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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….