Hike to Rattlesnake Ledge

Washington Rattlesnake Ledge

Added by Scott Kranz

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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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1160 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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about 1 month ago

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.

about 1 month ago

about 1 month ago

Easy Hike

Pretty easy and quick hike, took us about 1 hour to make it to the top! Would make a fun and challenging trail run, the path is in great condition!

about 1 month ago

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

7 months ago

Sunrise Hike

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.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Awesome!

Go early because it gets very crowded, especially on the weekends. But this was a great hike, very little effort for an awesome reward at the top! Definitely worth hiking!! 10/10 would go again.

8 months ago

10 months ago

Worth the drive from Vancouver, BC!

Amazing view! Went on Monday at noon with a good flow of traffic. About 30 people at the top. Reminds me of Stawamus Chief.

10 months ago

11 months ago

Amazing Views

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.

11 months ago

12 months ago

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.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

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.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Great But Busy Hike

I hiked to Rattlesnake Ledge today. The hike was great and the ledge offered amazing views but the trail was super crowded.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Easy hike ending a beautiful overlook. I made the wise choice to go on a week day and didn't have to deal with overcrowding. If you can make that happen with your schedule, I suggest it!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Easy parking (in the fall/ winter) and an amazing view...if there's a little crowd it is totally worth it

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

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.

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Such a beautiful hike!

about 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

I can't even count how many times I've done this hike. Great for a rainy day. Don't expect it to be without crowds though, even on rainy days.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Great views of the surrounding area and the lake from the Ledge. I went on a Sunday and the trail was pretty crowded. Bonus was swimming in the lake afterward.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Way to crowded for my liking.

over 2 years ago

Added by Scott Kranz

Full-time commercial and editorial photographer specializing in outdoor sports, lifestyle, landscapes, and travel photography.

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