I've lived in Redmond for nearly 37 years and have viewed Mt. Si just about...
Little Si is nestled on the edge of North Bend, the hub of the busiest trail system in the whole of Washington State. It's because of this reason that it's constantly overlooked in favor of more popular routes. That being said, know this: Little Si is magical, and if it were located in any other location, we'd all be hiking it a heck of a lot more. Do yourself a favor and give it a go – we think you'll be pleased with the outcome.
Accessible year round, the hike features a respectable 1,200 feet of elevation gain, a fantastic view of Snoqualmie Valley, and a solid trail through beautiful second-growth timbers.
The trail begins steeply but soon levels out into a wide meandering path. You'll pass several popular rock climbing routes along the way and enter a shady forest before the final steep push to the summit. Break out of the trees and soak up the views of Mount Si to the east and then look south across the valley below towards Rattlesnake Mountain.
Permits & Tips
Discover Pass required. Toilet at trailhead. No drinking water. Bring layers – at 1,570 feet, the summit can be cold and windy even on a sunny day.
How to get there
Drive east on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE).
Turn left (north) across the freeway and drive 0.5 mile to North Bend Way.
Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on Mount Si Road.
Shortly after crossing the bridge, look for a paved parking area (should be signed) on the left side of the road with toilets.