We will meet at the Rattlesnake Lake State Park, then head west on the Iron Horse Trail formile to the Cedar Butte trailhead. Going up, we will take the scenic Blowout trail to the summit to enjoy the views (about a 800 foot gain). Then back down to the trailhead and up to the Rattlesnake Ledges (about 1,100 foot gain). The overall hike is around 8 miles.
Cedar Butte Hike: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Rattlesnake Ledges: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
**Directions from Seattle/Issaquah**
Drive East on I-90 to exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn right (south) on 436th Avenue SE (Cedar Falls Road SE) and drive about 4 miles to the well-developed Rattlesnake Lake parking area on the right. Go past the first parking lost for Rattlesnake Ledges and take the first left into the Iron Horse parking lot. I will be parked at the entrance to the park with a Seattle Outdoor Adventurer's sign posted on my black F-150 truck. A Discover Pass is required at the trailhead.
Hope for sunny and clear, but plan for cold and wet. We will stop at the cars between the two hikes for about 10 minutes.