Hike to Rattlesnake Ledge
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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.
- Hiking shoes
- Water bottle
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Close to Seattle
This is a nice hike if you can hit it on a day without the crowds. The major plus is that it is not too far of a drive from Seattle, but the parking lot will easily fill on a weekend. Shoot for a weekday, a rainy weekend, or try it in the winter.
Perfect for a short stop in Seattle
This is a perfect hike for beginners who are visiting the Seattle area. While it can be a bit busy, the trails are well kept and the view is astounding. It's a two mile hike up to the ledge, which allows you to get in a workout without tiring yourself out for the remainder of the day.
I went on a sunrise hike, I really enjoyed the views the ledge gave me and would recommend anyone to do a sunrise hike here. The walk down gave us the golden sun rays effect in between the trees. It was really gorgeous.
I like short hikes with big payoffs. This is it! Only thing less than 5 stars is the crowds, but once you get to the ledge you'll know why. When I go again, I will probably try to beat the crowds by going at sunrise. Amazing.
PACK IT IN PACK IT OUT - plain and simple
I am completely appalled and ashamed of the amount of trash that is found on this hike; trash the ENTIRE way up to the ledge. It's very important for everyone to be sure to take care of the trail if we want it to be available for future generations to enjoy. The hike was easy and clear the whole way up. I went up on a Monday and there were still a bunch of people, someone mentioned that the Seattle School District was on break, which makes sense since a majority of the groups were with kids. Great view and a perfect "real hike" for first time hikers; go slow, lots of breaks, and drink plenty of water.
It'll... Rattle Your Senses.
Rattlesnake Ledge, with Mt. Si and Poo Poo Point are likely the three most popular hikes for Seattlelites and visitors. There close enough and not strenuous enough that most anyone can complete it. That being said, Rattlesnake is the shortest of the three and offers a great view so it gets super packed on weekends. I'm talking about not having any solitude at all. It's a bit better during the week but you'll still run into a lot of people. The view at the ledge is great, especially when the lake isn't dry like it was last summer. I had a great time win my dog. It's a great beginning of season hike to get back into shape for longer hikes.
The views from Rattlesnake Ledge are amazing. Because there is no pass required for this trail it is extremely busy. Most of these people are not regular hikers and do not abide by any sort of edict. There also tend to be a number of trail runners so be aware. Few people continue on to East Peak so you can continue 2.4 miles for some solitude if you'd like. My suggestion is to go early or during the week, avoid weekends especially as the weather gets nice in the summer time.
Went on a busy saturday morning. Parked on the street since lot was full. Didn't seem to be a problem. Was definitely crowded with everyone and their cousin, but the view is great. Was raining lightly for part of the hike, but that didn't take away from it at all.
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