60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma
by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Beautiful day, beautiful trail, well worth the effort.
My 2 boys and I just hiked the Boulder Garden Loop trail which branches off the Little Si trail. It's great. We will describe this in the second edition of the 60 Hikes Seattle book in Spring 2009.
This is a nice trail for kids. We took our 4 and 6 year olds up this trail. The down sides is that the trail is very crowded. To make matters worse, we went the on Labor Day holiday which added even more hikers.
I've hiked this trail a couple of times and it is nice if you start early and avoid the crowds. Three miles round trip and about 1,500 elevation gain and a reasonable view at the top.
BEWARE of car prowlers at the parking lot!
I'm giving this 2 stars because of the crowds, but for kids I'd up that to 4 stars.
Nice trail. Got there at 8:30 AM (on a Saturday) and the trailhead parking was about 2/3 full. Surprisingly, though, we didn't see many people on the trail until the top. Many of them were probably rock climbers on Little Si. The top area isn't very large for having snack before returning, but there are a few nice lookouts just below the summit facing Mount Si. The traffic picked up a little bit on the way down and the parking lot was overflowing when we got back around 11:30.
Starts a bit steeply but levels out for a bit before the final push to the top. Nice combination of hills and flats to catch your breath. A good rewarding view of the valley at the top. The footing can be tricky in spots with loose dirt and rocks, but overall the trail was pretty well worn.
Unless we found a different trail, it is a bit longer than the trail-guide states - about 4 miles total distance with switchbacks.
On 3/31/07, Saturday, my son Brady, who was 4 years old at the time, and I went and hiked this trail. We drove from Lake Tapps to get there. We left at noon, stopped at MacDonalds on the way. Got there at 2pm. Got to the top at 4pm. We got to the bottom at 5:30pm. On the way out ther we took I-5 to I90. On the way home, I took I90 to I18 and it only took an hour to get back. I stopped at McDonalds again because I promised Brady, but he was asleep. He did really well on the hike. There were a lot of people. They liked his rubber boots. I packed some food and we ate it while we were walking. The only thing Brady wanted was the yogurt. I carried him a little bit, especially toward the top it got kind of steep. We saw some climbers on the side of the cliff on the way up who were practicing mountain climging. On top we ate a snack and we could see North Bend.
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