Video Review of Guidebook Beyond Mount Si, The Best Hikes within 85 Miles of Seattle.
8 Years of Seasonal Weekends
7,551.2 — Miles Driven
576.2 — Miles Hiked
157,555 — Vertical Feet Climbed
70 of the Best Hikes
all in our back yard
within 85 Miles of Seattle
(2250.8 average vertical gain per hike)
The Beyond Mount Si Challenge…
Western Washington is a special place with a wealth of hiking adventure opportunities.
The Beyond Mount Si challenge is a culmination of 8 years of seasonal weekend hikes (as many hikes are only accessible in Late July-October).
In 2005 we began this adventure carrying newborn twin girls in baby backpacks. Modifying our strategy and techniques along the way (letting dad run ahead on the more difficult trails) by September 7th 2013 we hiked the Thunder Mountain Loop to complete all 70 hikes in the Beyond Mount Si guidebook.
Beyond Mount Si by John Zilly
This guide published by Seattle-Based Adventure Press features 70 of the best hikes within 85 miles of Seattle. Hikes can be selected by geographical location or difficulty. The difficulty system is based on one mountain being easy to four mountains as difficult to the epic 5-mountain rating. There is good background information on safety and preparation. After completing many hikes I enjoyed the ease of browse-abilty of difficulty, distance and elevation gain to determine a good weekend objective. Driving directions provide good detail for those locations that drop out of gps range (most hikes fall into this category). I love the Ira Spring hiking guides, but have to say the quality of selections and ease of use make this my favorite regional hiking guide.
Nice work John!
The Lay of the Land
• Northern Mt Rainier National Park – Highway 410
• Norse Wilderness directly north of Mt Rainier National Park – Highway 410
• Cedar river watershed closed to hiking due to security of the water source for the City of Seattle and southern communities
• Snoqualmie Pass – Central Cascades, Multiple alpine lakes, drainages, waterfalls and peaks – Interstate 90
• Stevens Pass – Multiple alpine lakes, drainages, waterfalls and peaks – Highway 2
• Mountain Loop Highway – Southern Part of the North Cascades, Multiple alpine lakes, drainages, waterfalls and peaks – Extending from Granite Falls north to Darrington. Does not pass east to west due to the Glacier Peak Wilderness (Washington’s only wilderness volcano) east of the mountain loop highway.
At this point hikes to the west of Seattle often necessitate ferry travel and are not documented due to travel time. See 60 hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle for more seaside trails.