Mount Si: a Natural Resources Conservation Area with Many Fans

If you ever been to the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area located about 40 minutes east of Seattle, then you know the breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, Snoqualmie Valley, and Cascade Mountains that draw hikers every year. This conservation area was established in 1987 and now has 20,753 acres. The Little Si, at almost 5 miles, is a moderate hike that attracts many.

This summer, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) interns got the opportunity to talk with some of the Little Si hikers our enjoying one of DNR’s most popular recreation sites. From wanting to see wildlife, to getting some exercise and fresh air, Little Si had a lot to experience.

“He goes hiking here so much he could be the tour guide,” said one of the two hikers from the Seattle Area who drove over an hour to hike at Little Si.

Some hikers, including a family from out-of-state, were out to spend time together while exploring a new hike. The hiking experience provided a fun activity they could do together while getting exercise and catching up.

A visiting family on the Little Si Trail.

“I came to stretch my legs out and see some birds,” one hiker described.
Birds, along with other native wildlife is something in abundance at Mount Si. The 20,753-acre conservation area has great examples of an old-growth forest, geologic features and wildflower communities, as well as other wildlife such as habitat for mountain goats.

It’s located within the Mountains to Sound Greenway, which conserves 1.5-million acres from Seattle to Central Washington. Learn more about the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.
Two hikers with a dog on the Little Si Trail.

For some, it becomes a relaxing get-away from the busy city.

Many people bring their dogs to get some exercise as well. Leashed dogs are allowed on most DNR trails.

One local man said he’d hiked the Little Si Trail maybe 1,000 times, but something keeps him coming back. While some hikers stopped to talk to us, many were focused on their fitness training and the goals they’ve set. While the reasons people find themselves hiking can be diverse, we often share something in common, the love of the outdoors and nature.

Already tried out Little Si? You may try some of Mount Si conservation area’s other trails, including the main Mount Si trail or our new Mount Teneriffe Trail, which opened this summer. Click here to view our new trail map, which you can print or use on your mobile device (even without cell service).

Grab your Discover Pass and head on out to the trails, nature is calling! Learn more about the Discover Pass at