Rattlesnake Ledge

North Bend, Washington

3.9/5
based on 25 reviews

Details

Distance

5.46 miles

Elevation Gain

2096 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Scott Kranz

Rattlesnake Ledge, with its highest point at 2,078 feet, is one of the most popular hikes in the Seattle area. Located in the Snoqualmie / North Bend Region, the Rattlesnake Ledge Trail is just a short drive from downtown Seattle, Washington, and surrounding areas. Due to its location, the weekend crowds can make this spot a little much for those looking for solitude on the trail.

RATTLESNAKE LEDGE TRAIL:
The hike to Rattlesnake Ledge begins at the trailhead next to the parking lot at Rattlesnake Lake. From here, you can look up and see the Ledge and rock face that you'll be hiking up toward. The trail begins covered under the forest, which can protect from the elements (sun, wind, snow). 

As you get toward the top, the trees will dissipate and you'll get glimpses of the views through them. Near the top, you'll see a junction to go right, which leads to the ledge after approximately one hundred feet. If you choose to go left, you'll head toward Middle Ledge and Upper Ledge, where the crowds will be smaller. Once you've soaked in your views (see below), head back the way you came. 

If you hiked on a warm summer day, head to the lake and reward yourself with a cool dip! 

Note: Rattlesnake Ridge is the ridge of Rattlesnake Mountain. Rattlesnake Ledge Trail makes up the eastern 2-mile stretch of Rattlesnake Ridge (or Rattlesnake Mountain Trail). 

Extending your hike: If you're looking for even more miles, instead of heading back to the parking lot, you can continue on the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail for another approximately 8 miles. You'll reach the West side of Rattlesnake Mountain to Snoqualmie Point Park where there is another trailhead (and your shuttle car). The extra distance climbs over 3,500ft. so in the winter, snowshoes might be required to pass this section of trail in winter months as there is constant snow coverage from December to April. 

VIEWS:
At the top, you have views of Rattlesnake Lake below, and Chester Morse Lake to the southeast as well as many other mountains such as Mt. Washington, Mailbox Peak, and Mt. Si. You can even see I-90 weaving through the Snoqualmie Valley in the distance. 

BEST TIME TO GO:
With its proximity to Seattle, this is a very popular hike. Weekends, holidays, and summer months are when it's most crowded. If you can, it's best to head during the week and early. There are amazing sunrise views as seen in the photos if you're willing to get to the parking area and start your hike 1-1.5 hours before sunrise. 

As the weather turns colder, the crowds tend to dissipate, but please frequently check the weather and bring appropriate gear (see WINTER CONDITIONS section below).

PETS:
Dogs are permitted on leash. 

WINTER CONDITIONS:
If you're looking to hike to Rattlesnake Ledge in the winter, be sure to check local weather conditions before heading to the trailhead. The Snoqualmie / North Bend area can get snow and if the snow level is below the pass, there will likely be snow on Rattlesnake Mountain. With snowy conditions, ice trekkers or crampons along with trekking poles may be needed. 

Keep in mind the forest canopy for most of the hike, so the trail can go from dirt/mud to ice to snow in multiple parts. 

Be especially careful near the ledges as they may be covered with ice and snow and provide sheer cliffs. 

GETTING THERE:
From downtown Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 32 for 436th Avenue SE. Make a right turn onto 436th Avenue SE, also signed as Cedar Falls Road SE. Continue on the road for approximately four miles and you'll see the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot on the right.

If you enter Rattlesnake Ridge into your car's GPS or phone mapping app and it directs you to 208th Ave SE in Hobart, make note this info is out of date. This road previously accessed the Rattlesnake trailhead, but it now dead ends 7 miles down the road. Please press the driving directions button in our app and load in your preferred mapping app. 

PARKING:
There is a parking lot next to the trailhead, which also serves as the northern parking lot for Rattlesnake Lake. There are vault toilets at the parking lot and porta potties at the trailhead. There is no parking or entry fee for the parking area or hike. 

AFTER:
Need a bite? Head to North Bend Bar & Grill about 10 minutes from Rattlesnake Lake.

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Rattlesnake Ledge Reviews

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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