Rattlesnake Ledge (Scramble Route) and Donna's Pinnacle

We now know it's a cool destination in the fog.  Now let's catch some sun and check out the views!  We are going to hike to Rattlesnake Ledge 1 via the Old Trail and the steep Scramble Route, then continue on the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail, past the East Peak summit, to a named rock promontory on top of Rattlesnake Mountain ... "Donna's Pinnacle"!  On the way back, we'll stop 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.  The Scramble Route, from the Old Trail to Ledge 1, is only a half mile, but it is very steep, with some rock-slab scrambling/climbing near the top.

To sign up for this hike, you must be regularly doing hikes of 8+ miles and 2500+ feet vertical gain, or equivalent other aerobic athletic activity, such as long-distance running or cycling.

RSVP:

RSVP sign-up is required to hike with our group.  Please answer the sign-up questions as best you can.  RSVP's without answers to the sign-up questions will be deleted.

Details:

• Distance: 9 miles RT

• Elevation Gain: 2900 feet

• High Point: 3517 feet

• Hiking Speed: fast, 30 minutes per mile

• Difficulty: strenuous

• Hiking Time: ~ 5.5 hours

• Parking Pass: Discovery Pass required

• Dogs: Hikers only this hike.

• Carpooling: No-host carpooling is available from the Issaquah Transit Center parking garage, 1050 17th Ave. NW, Issaquah, first floor, southwest corner, meeting at 8:15 a.m., leaving at 8:25 a.m.  The event leader may not be at the carpooling; those there should arrange rides amongst themselves.

Schedule:

• 8:15 AM – Optional meet at the Issaquah Transit Center to carpool (no-host).

• 8:25 AM – Leave the transit center.

• 9:00 AM – Meet at the gate at the walking-road to the trailhead.

• 9:10 AM – Start hiking.

• ~ 11:45 AM – Arrive at the elusive and mysterious Donna's Pinnacle!  Hang out, enjoy the view (?), and have lunch.

• ~ 2:30 PM – Arrive back at the trailhead.

Mandatory equipment:  Traction devices (Microspikes or Yak-Trax) are required for this hike. (Microspikes are more rugged, easier to put on, bite deeper on ice, and the preference of most experienced winter hikers. If you purchase Yak-Trax, the Yak-Trax Pro is recommended; the standard Yak-Trax tend to break.)

What to bring (this is what experienced hikers wear and bring, for comfort both uphill and downhill): Sturdy hiking boots, traction devices, 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. Optional and recommended: hiking poles, camera, waterproof pack-cover, hot chocolate!

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  • Aaron S

    Magnificent weather and a nice outing, thanks all. The scramble portion was especially fun!

    December 27

  • Aaron S

    The plus-two on my RSVP are my eighteen-year-old boy/girl twins, home from college for the holidays. Other folks' youth, teen or adult kids are welcome on this hike, too. Also, this hike is cross-posted and there will be folks from three meetups on the hike.

    December 25

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