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Rattlesnake Ledge (Old Trail) and Beyond

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 :).

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  • Aaron S

    Enjoyable hiking folks were coming and going all hike, and the award-winning star of the show was (... "envelope, please") ... the Rattlesnake Ledge Old Trail, which was a delight! Anyway, we rambled to the old Borrow Pit at 3200 feet, for a 7 mile RT, 2300 feet vertical-gain hike and a nice little workout on a nice afternoon.

    October 15, 2013

  • Barbara H

    I need to be back at the trailhead BY 4:45 (drivers ed for my daughter). So, I may need to hike down by myself (which I'm fine with). I'll meet at the trailhead.

    October 15, 2013

    • Aaron S

      That'll work fine, Barb. You can make it to at least Third Ledge, and likely the whole hike, and do that timeframe easily. I figured we'd hangout for a bit at First Ledge on the way down; you can skip that if necessary.

      October 15, 2013

  • Barbara H

    is the "trailhead" near the bathrooms, normal rattlesnake ridge parking lot?

    October 14, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Normal Rattlesnake Trail start by the bathrooms, but we soon veer off the "highway trail" onto the much nicer Old Trail. We'll meet at 1 p.m. at the gate to the walk-in road.

      October 14, 2013

  • Piper P

    Aaron, why a 1 pm start? Need your beauty sleep?! I'm likely heading Denny Creek/Malakwa Lake. Hope our paths cross again soon :)

    October 14, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Thelma and Annette requested that time, Piper. Fine with me, first request, first served. I should do some chores in the morning, anyway. I'm off to Troy, NY from Thur. to Sun. (my son's college's Parents' Weekend), but ... if our furlough extends into next week, expect some more long hikes. If everyone's go-go on this one, we may extend another mile or so to Rattlesnake East Peak.

      October 14, 2013

  • Barbara H

    I'm a "I think so". I'm taking tomorrow off. But need to get home, then somewhere else, at a certain time (after). So probably won't carpool.

    October 14, 2013

  • Mints

    Are you going here twice ?

    October 14, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Basically, yes. I have a couple of friends who wanted to do this route on Tuesday, so I posted it in case others want to come, too. I work for the FAA and am temporarily off work with the Gov't Shutdown.

      October 14, 2013

    • Mints

      Ok cool. Sorry I thought the date changed on the other event. And I can't do Tuesday. So just wanted to make sure they were separate. Enjoy the days off.... Or make the best of them :)

      October 14, 2013

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