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Rattlesnake Ledge (Scramble Route) and Donna's Pinnacle

Come be an explorer!  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 feature on the maps called "Donna's Pinnacle".  What is Donna's Pinnacle?  I have no idea; let's go find out!  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.

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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,[masked]th 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.

Recommended equipment:  Traction devices (Microspikes or Yak-Trax) are recommended for this hike but not mandatory for this hike, unless this posting is updated otherwise. (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, 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: traction devices,  hiking poles, camera, waterproof pack-cover, hot chocolate!

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  • Aaron S

    Thanks all for a fine day of hiking and good-workout scrambling! And yes, we found Donna's Pinnacle. Out at the end of a narrow wooded ridge behind the radio tower ... a rock promontory! We'll do this again, on a view day.

    November 30, 2013

  • Ashley

    Had a great time (even though I didn't make it to the top) Views through the fog were pretty cool.

    November 29, 2013

  • Ashley

    Will meet you at the TH

    November 29, 2013

    • marta c.

      I won't be able to come today. Let me know when the next hike is. Have a grest time

      November 29, 2013

  • Surray

    Hi, will join u guys next time, going on a bit shorter hike because of an early dinner plan. Have fun. :)

    November 28, 2013

  • Surray

    Hi, is this tougher than mailbox peak? I've done many hikes and have done rattlesnake all 3 ledges before and did great but never done the scramble route. feel like I can do it if its easier than mailbox.....

    November 27, 2013

    • Aaron S

      Significantly easier than Mailbox. You'll do fine.

      November 27, 2013

    • Surray

      Thx Aaron. I will join u guys :)

      November 27, 2013

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