Let's hike to Rattlesnake Ledge 1 via the steep Old Trail ... with an optional variation up the very steep Scramble Route and beyond to Ledge 3 and then back to Ledge 1
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 mid-point to Ledge 1, 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 4+ miles and 2000+ feet vertical gain, or equivalent other aerobic athletic activity, such as long-distance running or cycling and you must be able to hike steep mountain trails at 30 minutes per mile.
Please answer the sign-up questions as best you can. RSVP's without answers to the sign-up questions will be deleted.
• Distance: 4 miles RT
• Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
• High Point: 2300 feet
• Hiking Speed: fast, 30 minutes per mile
• Difficulty: strenuous
• Hiking Time: ~ 2.5 hours
• Parking Pass: Discovery Pass required
• Dogs: Hikers only this hike.
• Carpooling: No-host carpooling will be available from the Issaquah Transit Center, 1050 17th Ave. NW, Issaquah, parking garage, top floor (the floor open to the sky). Meet at 5:15 p.m. The event host will not be there; those there should organize themselves and leave by 5:30 p.m. A sign-up question has been included to verify that someone there will be a driver (... to drive anyone arriving by bus).
Schedule and Itinerary:
• 5:15 PM – Optional meet at the Issaquah Transit Center to carpool (no-host).
• 5:30 PM – Leave the transit center.
• 6:00 PM – Meet at the trailhead (at the gate to the walking road to the trail).
• 6:10 PM – Start hiking.
• ~ 7:00 PM – Scramble hikers: Arrive at Rattlesnake Ledge 3, then hike back down to Ledge 1.
• ~ 7:15 p.m. – Everyone: Arrive at Ledge 1, hang out for a bit (... share snacks, chocolate and hot chocolate?), and then all head down the Old Trail (... excellent down-route for all).
• ~ 8:30 PM – Arrive back at the trailhead.
Mandatory equipment: Headlamp.
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, 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, headlamp or flashlight. Optional and recommended: hiking poles, camera, waterproof pack-cover, hot chocolate!