Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hiking -- Rattlesnake Ledge -- Snoqualmie, WA

    Rattlesnake Ledge is a two mile up, two mile back downhill hike that gives you that "on top of the world" feeling. The way up is quite steep, but still would be classified as moderate; be sure to bring plenty of water though. You'll find peek-a-boo views of Rattlesnake Lake and foothills as you travel up. We've spotted hawks and eagles flying over the lake from the trail.
    You'll most likely pass quite a few other hikers regardless of the day of the week or the season, many of them with dogs. We've seen some dogs with doggie backpacks so the owner doesn't have to carry as much (smart!).
    After spending most of your time in the forest you'll climb the last few step-like boulders and be greeted with a breath-taking view. Don't forget to bring your lunch along to enjoy at the top, or some trail mix if you'd prefer. Just be aware of the little chipmunks and tiny ground squirrels that may bat their lashes at you for a treat. These little guys have an amazing ability to run all over the rocks and cliffs as if there wasn't a 900 ft drop in front of them. Be sure to snap lots of pictures of the panoramic view because it truly is captivating--from the vistas of the mountains, to the view of Big Si and Little Si to the perspective on Issaquah--this is a hike to return to again and again.
One of the little scampering chipmunks at the top of the hike

Things to Know:
  • Parking is free
  • Dogs are allowed on leash
  • Port-a-Potties are available before the trek at the base of the mountain
  • Breath-taking views are available at the top!

   From I-90 take exit 32 and turn right toward the John Wayne Trail
   Pass the golf course and twist along the road for about 4 miles
   Then you'll see a sign for the Rattlesnake Lake parking area
   Park here and begin walking toward the tall mountain West of the lake
   It's about a 1/4 mile flat walk to the trail head from the parking area

The view from Rattlesnake Ledge: Overlooking Rattlesnake Lake and the foothills in the Snoqualmie National Forest

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