Mount Si from the southwest
|location||King County , Washington , USA|
|Notch height||75 m|
|Normal way||Hiking and short climbing path ( YDS = 3)|
The Mount Si ( / saɪ / ) is a mountain in the US state of Washington . It lies on the western edge of the Cascade Range just above the coastal plain on Puget Sound and towers over the neighboring town of North Bend . The mountain was named after the pioneer Josiah "Uncle Si" Merritt. He became known in the television series Twin Peaks , which was filmed in North Bend.
Just a 45-minute drive from Seattle , the mountain is the preferred outdoor destination for residents of Puget Sound. Between 80,000 and 100,000 hikers come to the mountain every year. The land belongs to Washington State and is designated as a Natural Resources Conservation Area .
The 4 mi (6.4 km) long Mount Si Trail climbs over 3,500 ft (1,067 m) vertical meters to the summit ridge. The summit of Mount Si can be reached via a path of difficulty level 3 ( YDS ), which leads over the north side of the summit block known as the “haystack” (Eng. “Haystack”).
Oceanic shield volcano
Mount Si is a remnant of an oceanic shield volcano. The rock has undergone extensive metamorphosis.
Reflection in Native American legends
Mount Si is prominently described in a Prometheus story of Snoqualmie . According to this legend, he is the dead body of Snoqualm, the moon god . Snoqualm had ordered that a rope from the bark of the giant tree of life should be stretched between earth and sky. But the fox and blue jay climbed up the rope and stole the sun from Snoqualm. Snoqualm followed them down the rope, but it broke and he fell to his death. The fox then released the sun and brought fire to the people. A face is visible near the summit that could belong to Snoqualm.
- Fred W. Beckey : Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 1, Columbia River to Stevens Pass , 3rd Edition, The Mountaineers , 2000, ISBN 0-89886-577-8 , p. 151.
- Ira Spring, Harvey Manning: 102 Hikes in the Alpine Lakes, South Cascades, and Olympics , 3rd Edition, The Mountaineers, Seattle 1983, ISBN 0-89886-067-9 .
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- Mount Si . SummitPost.org. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
- Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) . SummitPost.org. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
- JA Costello: The Siwash: their life, legends and tales . Calvert, Seattle 1895, pp. 75-76, OCLC 228721459 .
- Mount Si ( English ) In: Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey .
- Mount Si Web Site . MountSi.com.
- Mount Si Brochure . Washington State Department of Public Resources. Archived from the original on July 15, 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
- View of Mount Si from Interstate 90 on Google Street View