- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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If you don't have time to make the drive to Mount Rainier (about 80 miles southeast of downtown Seattle), Mount Si offers a popular alternative. Sitting about 40 miles east of the city center, Mount Si offers several opportunities to strap on your hiking boots and hit the trails. According to most, Mount Si is also a good place to get warmed up before tackling some of the more challenging trails found in nearby Mount Rainier National Park.
On a clear day, views from the summit stretch across the city to the Olympic Mountains. And many recent travelers say the hike is a fun way to get in some exercise on vacation. "There are beautiful trees and the view from the top is very pretty," said one TripAdvisor user, adding: "The incline is moderate, but the trail is very well maintained."
Be aware that getting to Mount Si requires a car: The easiest route from downtown Seattle is to follow I-90 East to Mt. Si Road. The North Bend trail to the summit is about an 8-mile hike there and back. Keep in mind that this is a pretty difficult trek; inexperienced hikers may want to stick to the trails in Discovery Park. For more information, check out the Mount Si website.