We are going to hike the Old Trail to the Rattlesnake Ledge junction, and then the main trail another mile and a half or so to "Log Jam Landing" at elevation 2908 feet, then return, stopping at all three Rattlesnake Ledges.
Hiking conditioning and experience required for this hike:
The Rattlesnake Ledge Old Trail is steeper, and more scenic, than the standard trail. To sign up for this hike, you must be doing hikes of 7+ miles and 2000+ feet vertical gain at a fast pace on a regular basis, and you must be self-sufficient, experienced and equipped for steep mountain hiking and route finding.
When signing up, please answer the sign-up questions as best you can. To sign up for this hike, your answers and the info in your profile need to demonstrate the required level of hiking conditioning and experience. If you do not answer the sign-up questions, your RSVP will be deleted.
• Distance: 7 miles RT
• Elevation Gain: 2100 feet
• Difficulty: strenuous
• Hiking Time: ~ 4 hours, including some hang-out time at Ledge 1.
• Hiking Speed: fast, 25 to 30 minutes per mile.
• Dogs: Hikers only this hike.
• Parking Pass: Discover Pass required for parking lots.
• Cross-posting: this is hike is cross-posted on a couple of different meetups; sign up at just one.
Itinerary and Schedule:
12:15 PM - Optional carpool meeting at the Issaquah Transit Center parking garage, top floor (the floor open to the sky).
12:30 PM sharp - Leave the Transit Center.
• 1:00 PM – Meet at the trailhead.
• 1:10 PM – Start hiking.
• ~ 5:00 PM – Arrive back at the trailhead.
What to bring (this is what experienced hikers wear and bring, for comfort both uphill and downhill): Sturdy hiking boots, light or medium-weight non-cotton clothing for the uphill, very warm mittens or gloves, light or medium-weight hat, also a warm hat, rain jacket, rain pants, extra non-cotton shirt to change into at the top, warm, dry clothes, preferably fleece, for the downhill, 1+ liters of water, snacks, lunch, day-pack large enough to hold all the above, headlamp. Optional and recommended: charged cell phone, hiking poles, camera, waterproof pack-cover, hot chocolate :).