It's Big Baxter's birthday. His favorite place is Rattlesnake Lake. So let's join him for a swim and a walk. It's Austin's birthday in June, too. and he loves Rattlesnake Lake as well (he doesn't like a lot of attention focused on him so we will celebrate quietly). Any other corgis with June birthdays?
There is a nice 1.5 mile lake walk (flat and mostly paved) along the lake to the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. Come and join us for an easy stroll and swim This paved hiking and biking trail along the east side of the 117-acre lake offers an easy alternative to the popular Rattlesnake Ledge hike near the lake's northern end. Rainbow trout stocked in the lake attract fishermen, while migratory waterfowl draw birders. In recent years, the city of Seattle has planted more than 21,000 native trees and shrubs in the area. A recent walk among the lakeside trail's alders and big-leaf maples revealed native plants such as yarrow and thimbleberry.
Leashes are not required as long as your dog is under good voice control (there is a rule list there about what that means). If you choose to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail and away from leashed dogs. No corgis running amok.
Highlights: The lake is sandwiched between the foothills of the Cascades and the six-mile-long ridge of Rattlesnake Mountain, the easternmost peak of the pre-Cascades Issaquah Alps. The park also provides access to the converted railways of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail (Iron Horse State Park). For those wanting more after the John Wayne Trail starts from here all the way to Snoqualmie Pass. Nice level unpaved rail trail to walk as far as you desire.
A word of precaution, whenever a group of dogs get together there is always a chance of an altercation. Although this is rare, please be cautious and use common sense when meeting new dogs. Each dog has a different temperment and tolerance. Always check with the owner before allowing your dog to greet another. Corgis are herding dogs, bred to drive cattle and sheep by barking and nipping at heels. It is natural behavior and some corgis have a stronger herding instinct than others. All dogs will benefit from a pack walk and usually get along fine when moving forward. When activity stops, however, some dogs require more personal space. Please be aware of and respect this. Owners are responsible for their own dogs safety and actions.
From Seattle drive 32 miles 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.
No Permits or Parking Passes required in Rattlesnake Lake Parking Lot (Do not park in Iron Horse State Parking Lot up a bit and across the road - this requires a Discover Pass).