Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

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Rattlesnake Ledge

If you’re looking for a hike with a view at the top, you will be delighted to embark on the climb to Rattlesnake Ledge. Located on the east edge of Rattlesnake Ridge, the Ledge is a barren monolithic rock that looks over Rattlesnake Lake and the scenic Snoqualmie River Valley. From the parking lot, follow signs to the Rattlesnake Mountain around the western head of Rattlesnake Lake. The Rattlesnake Mountain trail is on your right.

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Follow the trail upward into the ferny groves of Rattlesnake Mountain. Within moments you’ll find yourself walking within a labyrinth of mossy young fir trees, already beginning a steady climb. The trail is punctuated every so often by a switchback, and the thin winter canopy provides spectacular views of the Rattlesnake Lake, distancing as you gain altitude. After 1.9 miles of climbing you will suddenly find yourself free from the claustrophobia of the forest. Pick your way carefully onto Rattlesnake Ledge to enjoy stunning views of the Cascades, Mt. Si, the Cedar River Watershed, and Snoqualmie Pass.

 

Avoid the crowds of hikers that transform the Rattlesnake Ledge trail into ‘I-5 at rush hour’ by planning the hike for a winter weekday. Prepare for the hike according to the season: even if the lowlands are bare and dry, prepare for a snowy hike. Crampons and trekking poles are advised. If ice and snow are present, avoid walking out onto the rocky outcroppings along the ledge.

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Length: 1.9 miles one way

Variety: Out and back

Elevation Gain: 1160

Difficulty: My sister could do it (moderately easy)

Season: Winter

Trail Open To: hikers and dogs

Maps: Green Trails Map No. 205S

 

Driving Direction:

From 1-90 East take exit 32. Turn right onto 436 Avenue SE and drive approximately 4 miles to the Rattlesnake Lake parking area.

 

 

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About the author

Melissa was born and raised in the Northwest and grew up hiking in the Cascades and exploring the wild beaches of the San Juan Islands. Her first backpacking trip was a 10 day trek across the Olympic Mountains, following the Quinault River. During college she spent four months abroad in New Zealand studying writing and backpacking throughout the North and South islands. An avid hiker and outdoorswoman, Melissa is inspired by her outdoor adventures, whether they are bouldering, backpacking, hiking, trail running, scrambling, or simply setting up her hammock in the sun. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound in May 2010 Melissa has begun a career as a freelance writer and juggles painting, poetry, and writing a novel in her spare time.

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