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Rattlesnake Ridge Hike

Time-frame: 8:00AM-4:00PM (later if dining out post-hike)

{This hike commemorates those who have birthdays today!}

Current forecast (North Bend): High of 47. 50% chance of rain.

 

Rattlesnake Ridge

 

Atop Rattlesnake Ridge: great views of the surrounding mountains can be seen including Mount Si and Mount Washington.

Family Friendly • Dog Friendly

Overview:

This is a very popular trail in the summer months. It is a short 30 minute drive from downtown Bellevue or under an hour away from Seattle. Not only does this trail provide you with great panoramic views from atop Rattlesnake Ridge but there is also a great park located down below. Many people come to the use the lake in the warmer months. There are no motored boats or fishing allowed on the lake which makes this place ideal for kayakers and swimmers alike.

You can also find several connecting trails within the Rattlesnake Ridge parking area. At the end of the Rattlesnake Ridge trail you can continue on for a full day hike along the Ridge on the East Peak trail or complete the 10 mile trek to Snoqualmie. Additionally you can find the Snoqualmie Valley Trail just as you leave the parking area. This is a great trail if you are looking for a long hike or bike ride. The trail starts south of Rattlesnake Lake and continues up to Duvall, over 35 miles of converted rail-to-trail.


How to get there:

Take I-90 east and get off on Exit 32, 436th Avenue SE, just past the exits towards North Bend. Take a right off of the exit, heading south on 436th Ave SE which turns into Cedar Falls Road. Travel about three miles and follow the signs posted for Rattlesnake Lake. You will see several parking areas on both sides of the street. The park is a very popular location in the warmer months due to the lake. You may have to park on the edge of the road if the park is crowded.

Hours:

The park is open year around, dawn to dusk.

Amenities:

-There are restrooms by the lake as you enter the park.
-No camping is available in the park.
-An additional portable restroom is located in front of 
the trailhead marker.
-No water is available within the park, you should pack 
your own water.
-On Cedar Falls Rd, the road leading up to the park, there
is a small shop where you can purchase food and drinks

Basics:
Area - Rattlesnake Mountain (Near North Bend, Washington)

Trails - Rattlesnake Mountain Trail (to the Ledges)

Map - Green Trails Rattlesnake Mountain/Upper Snoqualmie Valley Map 205S (Overview Map)

Elevation - Gain of 1,100 feet

Strain Level - Moderate+

Length - 4.0 miles out and back - about 3.5-4 hours

Trail - Dirt trail - starts very wide, gets narrow past first Ledge

Bikes?  Not allowed on this trail

View? Yes - some great views at midway and at the Ledge points

Fee? None. Free parking in large parking lot


 

Please Bring: Water + extra water, energy snacks/lunch, day-hike essentials, sturdy & comfortable footwear + bag for wet/soiled pairs, sun protection, plan accordingly and prepare for the forecast! Also bring binoculars and your camera!

 

{RAIN OR SHINE}

 

 

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  • Lisa

    Mike, Think nothing of it. It was my pleasure!

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Thank you everyone for sharing your day--we sure enjoyed some beautiful scenery and delicious birthday cake! Lisa, thank you for the scrumptious cake! You are very thoughtful! It was fun to partake in devouring it :) Linda, thank you for driving! It was a wonderful day with wonderful people! We just may start a new tradition for TRAILSIDE..monthly birthday hikes!!! Long live cake! :-)

    April 19, 2013

  • Richard G

    great hike and the cake was a great surprise, I am ready for a good rest tonight

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was great, the views were wonderful, the company was friendly and the cake was delicious!

    April 18, 2013

  • Monica L

    Thanks for including us on your special day... it was wonderful ;)

    April 18, 2013

  • Amy

    Beautiful and the best thing is it didn't rained the whole time. Yes!

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • Bill V

    Lisa, awesome of you to supply the cake, plates, forks and everything. Cake was way to yummy. I'm not sure that is a bad thing or a good thing. Great hike!

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • Lin

    Thank you for a wonderful hike again, Mike. It will be more spectacular when it's warm & sunny but it was breath-taking when we got to the top of the high peak. :) I'm glad I got to participate in the "Happy Birthday" for our 3 TRAILSIDE Birthday friends with cake, lite candles and singing at the end of the trail. :)

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • Charlotte S.

    It was lots of fun.

    April 18, 2013

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