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 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.
• 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.
• 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!