December 2009 Snoqualmie Ridge Article
Wow, it’s hard to believe that 2009 is almost over, yet here we are. Snow is easily visible on Mount Si, the days are short, and, of course, we’re in the gray, rainy, months of the year.
However, rather than burrow into your sofa and hibernate, there are other more appealing alternatives. While there are probably a few good reasons to hang up the hiking shoes & boots during the winter - I just can't think of them! Many of the trails that we’ve hiked, or biked, in spring, summer, and fall are also available during the winter. Although they may have a spot of mud or two, many lowland trails are available year round. Check it out! Let’s explore what's available in our area. You might be surprised at the possibilities.
Our own backyard offers the Snoqualmie Ridge Trail system. Five named trails create a 6 mile arc that almost completely encircles our Snoqualmie Ridge community. My favorite is the 1.6 mile Deep Creek trail. Easily accessed from the park at the corner of Douglas Ave SE and Azalea Way SE, the Deep Creek trail offers a trip through old growth forest, stream crossings over quaint wooden bridges, as well as a few good climbs to get your muscles working.
If a good climb is on your agenda, this month, but you want to stay below the snow line Little Mount Si is just the ticket. From the trailhead entrance immediately past the bridge on SE Mt Si Road in North Bend you’ll have a 2 mile hike to the top of Little Si where the views of the Snoqualmie Valley, our Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood (and maybe even your house!) are spectacular. Face east and you may even see a mountain goat playing on the cliffs of Mount Si. I particularly like hiking Little Mount Si because the trail has many fewer users than that of the more famous Mount Si trail just up the road. For people seeking a little bit of solitude while still close to home Little Mount Si is it.
Another no snow adventure is conveniently situated just 30 minutes to the west on neighboring Sammamish Plateau Soaring Eagle Regional Park offers one square mile, and over 12 miles, of forested trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Here’s to many wonderful adventures in 2010, I look forward to sharing my adventures, hints, tips, and much more outdoor information with you. As always you can find your next outing at www.trailmeister.com.
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