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Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

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Length


10.2 Miles 16.5 Kilometers


2,675' 815 m

Ascent

-2,796' -852 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

3,413' 1,040 m

High

952' 290 m

Low

Shared By Eric Ashley

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A moderate hike along the ridge of Rattlesnake Mountain with great views of the Cascades.

Eric Ashley

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The three ledges along this trail have lots of exposure and care should be taken, especially with children or dogs. Parking lots on either end of this hike require the use of a Discover Pass.

Description

The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail can be used in either direct and is best enjoyed with a retrieval vehicle waiting at the destination. Beginning from the Snoqualmie Point Park, the trail heads up the slope and into the trees, making a number of road crossing in the first couple of miles. Stan's Overlook is a worthwhile diversion that can be reached quickly from the trail. The towering slopes on the other side of I90 are quite striking.

From there, the trail continues switchbacking along the ridge. Occasionally, the route will make use of old roadways, but thorough signage makes the navigating straightforward. Just over four miles in, the trail comes to Grand Prospect Viewpoint. Take a moment to rest on the conveniently placed benches as you soak in the sights. If hiking as an out-and-back, this is a good turn around spot.

The climbing isn't done, but the going remains easy over the next few miles as the trail follows the rolling elevation of the ridge. The last few miles of the trail descends along a series of switchbacks through a young forest. The big highlights will be three ledges that provide great views. The lowest is Rattlesnake Ledge and it's a very popular destination, so expect lots of company here and as you continue down the trail to where it ends on a service road near Rattlesnake Lake.

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Mar 31, 2018
Savannah Leja
Jul 4, 2017
Lisa Hopkins
Hiked 5 miles roundtrip according to this app from the Snoqualmie Point trailhead. we went well past Stan's Overlook so we most likely did 6 miles ... 5mi
Jun 24, 2017
James W
Busy day. But the trail is in great shape. 5mi
May 4, 2017
Amanda the Summit-Shredder
Hiked from Rattlesnake lake to East Peak. There is still quite a bit of snow between the ledges and the peak. Poles are useful, no spikes needed. 8.4mi
Jan 24, 2017
Kevin Ballard
Foggy
Jan 23, 2017
Laura Wright
Went up to the clearing just past grand prospect view point!
Sep 4, 2016
Andrew Parise
May 24, 2014
Emily S
Out and back from Snoqualmie Point Park 6mi

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  4.2 from 16 votes

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  4.2 from 16 votes
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#62

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