- 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 two and a half hours 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.
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 eight-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.