For Devyn’s first mountaineering experience, we decided to climb Little Si – the mini mountain next to Mount Si. It’s a 4-star, 5 mile trip to the top with an elevation gain of 1,139 feet. It’s a beautiful climb and quite a challenge if you’re still new to the hiking world like Devyn is!
It took about an hour and a half to get to the top, and it gets a little tricky! Lots of rocks and roots and jumps in the trail. Devyn was quite tired by the time she got to the summit.
We took a short break at the top to take in the view and get some food and water. We learned that Devyn doesn’t like dirty food and would only take a milk bone from our hands, not off the ground. Snob.
After recovering for a while, we started to make our descent. Devyn was quite amusing to watch going down – corgi butts are just irresistible! She sure got her second wind from resting on the top. She discovered her love for exploring off-trail. She takes after me in that manner :-).
In one of her off-trail adventures, she discovered the joys of squirrel hunting. It’s like the ultimate automatic squeak toy – and she’d really like to get her teeth on one of them. Sadly, the squirrels kept getting the best of her and proved their superior tree-climbing abilities.
We finally made it to the bottom, and Devyn had a great nap on the way home. She’d better get her stamina ready to go for much longer- we’re planning on climbing the real Mount Si soon!!! That’s 8 miles instead of 5 and double the elevation gain. Lots of climbing for a little dog!