Rattlesnake Mountain - Conditioning Hike

I am going to plan a few conditioning hikes to keep in shape over the wet,cold,snowy season. The pace we set will be determined by weather and trail conditions but expect to push it a little to get the heart rate up. Please come prepared with proper clothing, footwear and traction devices as necessary.  Always check the meet up event site day of event for any changes or cancellations due to weather, road closures, illness, etc.

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Roundtrip 10.9 miles Elevation Gain 2520 ft Highest Point 3500 ft
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Driving Directions:

To Snoqualmie Point Park: take I-90 east to Exit 27. At the end of the off-ramp, go right and follow the road to the end. Go through the gate on the right to enter the trailhead. Straight ahead is a separate parking area for Snoqualmie Point.

There are reports of snow up near Grand Prospect as of now.  So we can hike as far as we can with what we have.

If you've hiked to Rattlesnake Ledges and beyond from Rattlesnake Lake, this is a delightful alternative. Thanks to the handiwork of our colleagues in the trail community, you can now reach Rattlesnake Mountain from the west, starting from a new trailhead at Snoqualmie Point.

Expect more solitude on this approach, and enjoy the fantastic views out over the Snoqualmie Valley, Mount Si, Mount Teneriffe, North Bend and more. You can choose to hike to one of the pleasant viewpoints along the way, to Rattlesnake Mountain, or as a traverse all the way to Rattlesnake Lake (11 miles). The views are some of the best in the Cascade foothills and the trail can be hiked year-round, though it can be snowy in winter.

The trail was officially dedicated in June 2007, though people have been hiking along a mix of trail and logging roads for years. Now the trail winds its way through mostly second-growth forest, crossing a few logging roads and requiring just a few stints on old roads.

The trail follows I-90 fairly closely, but there are times you don't remember that it is there. Still, the reality of being in a managed forest does intrude - you do see and walk through clearcuts. Fortunately, the forest canopy does get more mature as you go, and there is a delightful progression of ecosystems along the way.

The first nice viewpoint is Stan's Overlook, about 2.5 miles in (elev. 2100'). You'll pass under the powerlines and continue gradually upward another 1/3 mile to an obvious signed trail to the left. Stan's Overlook has a picnic table and two benches. From there you can see Mt. Si and the Snoqualmie Valley. Next up, and a fine turn-around for those not traveling end-to-end, is Grand Prospect at about 4.9 miles. This precipice is due south of the town of North Bend. At six miles and 3500 feet is the high point of East Peak - great views abound from here!

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  • Kathy L.

    No cougar or bear sightings, just a nice quiet hike in the snow.

    December 10, 2012

  • Kathy L.

    Read this, dogs will definitely need to be leashed on this hike.:

    http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2012-11-27.0495651976

    November 28, 2012

    • Collene

      How'd it go? Any wildlife sitings? That post really gave me pause! What about snow?

      December 9, 2012

  • becky b.

    kATHY ARE YOU STARTING FROM TH NORTH END? SNOQUALMIE CASINO SIDE? i THINK ITS MORE SCENIC AND THINK i MIGHT JOIN YOU BUT NOT ALL THE WAY TO THE OTHER END

    December 8, 2012

    • Kathy L.

      Becky, the snoqualmie point TH.

      December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last spring , the dogs and I came face to face with a black bear up there, about 1 mile from the trailhead.

    December 3, 2012

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