Take a gradual ascent through a lush forest to enjoy stunning views from the top of the Ledge.

If you’re looking for a fairly easy hike with a great view at the top, the hike to Rattlesnake Ledge is just for you. The Ledge is located on the eastern end of Rattlesnake Ridge, and is the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views of Rattlesnake Lake, the Cascades, Mt. Si, and Snoqualmie Pass.

But it’s not just the summit that’s wonderful - you’ll spend the entirety of your gradual 1.9-mile ascent enveloped by lush fir trees, ferns, and mossy boulders. You’ll feel like your walking through a magical forest.

When you've completed the hike, head over to the lake and reward yourself with a cool dip! The trail can get crowded on summer weekends, so try and get there early. During the winter, trekking poles and crampons may be necessary. Be cautious along the Ridge.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 1160 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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Gorgeous, but not “easy”

Context: I am a beginner hiker, just getting into the swing of things. I’d say that this is not an easy hike, but intermediate (or “easy intermediate”). The path is relatively narrow, and having to weave your way past (many) slow groups adds another sort of challenge. The view at the top is very good, but better the closer you get to the edge. As there is no railing or “second chances” with this one, I did not go as close as some. I would classify the ledge as very dangerous for young kids, as well as rambunctious dogs. Don’t let any of this scare you too bad, though. It’s a beautiful, well designed hike that is more accessible than others with a better view than most.

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Not a "Beginner" trail.

I completely disagree with this being a "beginner" hike. I hiked this trail on a camping trip. There are narrow switchbacks all the way up so my mother with vertigo had to bow out halfway up. For me the view wasnt worth the steep, narrow, rocky slippery trail up in early September.


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