Rattlesnake Ledge

 48 votes

4.3 Miles 6.9 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,111' 339 m

Ascent

-1,110' -338 m

Descent

2,005' 611 m

High

921' 281 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

All Clear

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An extremely popular out-and-back hike to the viewpoint on Rattlesnake Ledge.

Eric Ashley

Overview

Rattlesnake Ledge is very exposed and caution should be taken especially with children or dogs.
Two miles of moderate climbing brings hikers to a large, craggy outcropping with fantastic views of Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend, and the surrounding ridges. This is one of the most popular hikes near Seattle, so expect a lot of company.
Features: Views — Wildlife
Family Friendly: Kids will enjoy the views just as much as adults. Just take care near areas of cliffside exposure.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Expect lots of people, especially on weekends. Visit on a weekday, or head up earlier in the day to reduce the crowds. There are a number of parking areas near Rattlesnake Lake, some require a Discover Pass.

Description

Begin your hike along the Rattlesnake Lake Service Road behind the closed gate. You'll quickly arrive at a kiosk and the signed entrance to the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail on your right.

The climbing to the ledge above will be steady but moderate. The trail is generally well maintained and the absence of any connecting trails makes navigating easy. Most of the hike is spent under the shade of a young forest that can get dark at times, making the occasional rooty or rocky section a little more challenging.

Although this hike's main highlight is the scenic vistas, most of the lower portions are hemmed in by trees, so the lush forest and moss-covered boulders are the main points of interest at first. Nearer to the top, a few viewpoint reveal North Bend and Rattlesnake Lake below.

A small connector trail leads out to the large craggy rock of Rattlesnake Ledge and the grand vista of mountains, forests, and the blue waters of Rattlesnake Lake below. Proceed carefully as the footing is uneven and there are deep crevices. The setting and views are well worth lingering over before heading back down.

For those looking for an added bonus there are two additional ledges not too far up the trail. Both of these smaller ledges provide great views, and have far fewer people.

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Land Manager: Seattle Public Utilities

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Sep 23, 2017
carly mcdowell
Sep 19, 2017
Adrianne O'Grady
With Mom and Richard 4.3mi
Aug 27, 2017
Philippe Lalonde
4.3mi
Aug 26, 2017
Hana Sexton
Beautiful view. The lake below was a magnificent blue. Unfortunately it was a bit crowded. 4.3mi
Aug 19, 2017
Shelly P
Aug 18, 2017
Gabriel Loera
Nice hike easy for family and dogs!!! 1.9mi
Aug 15, 2017
Megan Barton
1.9mi
Aug 13, 2017
Jay Rosencrantz

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