Outdoor Seattle

Little Si outside of North Bend is one of the most popular family hikes in Washington State


Little SiThis somewhat easy 4.4 mile hike attracts all types of hikers and is very family friendly. The travel time from Seattle to Little Si is about 30 minutes.  There is a good sized parking lot at the trailhead where you will find the only restrooms — plus an overflow lot.   This is a very popular hike so be prepared to arrive early on weekends to avoid the crowds and get a parking spot.  This is a great sampler of Cascade hiking.

The trail is steep initially, then mellow, then steep again as it scrambles straight up the northern spine to the 1576-foot summit.  When you get towards the end of the trail you will sweep around the west end of Little Si and climb the tall knob on the easier (though still a bit rocky) route. Like its big sibling, Mount Si, Little Si offers phenomenal views of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley after a nice hike through forests and over rocks.

  • Round trip: 5 miles
  • Elevation gain is 1200 feet.  This is a family friendly hike and you will see many children of all ages
  • Outstanding features are the mountain and valley views at the end of the trail

The Little Si Natural Area is 28.2 acres in size and located just east of the City of North Bend on the western boundary of Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA), which is managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Little Si Natural Area borders the Mount Si NRCA on its north and eastern boundaries, the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River on its western boundary and private property on its southern boundary. The site encompasses the western slopes of Little Si Mountain starting approximately 250 feet below the summit and contains primarily mature forest cover with lesser amounts of rock outcrops and grassy openings. Approximately 90% of the natural area is composed of a homogenous second growth conifer stand.

This trail is maintained by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources as part of the Mt. Si Natural Resources Conservation Area — don’t forget your Discover Pass!!  You can click driving directions to find your way to the trailhead.  There is a map at the trailhead and the trail is very heavily traveled.  The address for the trailhead is 44200 SE Mount Si Road North Bend, WA 98045. 

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