Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,060 ft
No Guests: Everyone needs to be a member
Driving Time: 1.15 hr one way
Type: One out and back and one lollipop loop
Pass: Discover Pass
Please bring Gas money for drivers $10 suggested, bag for muddy boots and the 10 essentials http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/ten-essentials .
I leave on time. Please arrive 10 min before 8:00 am. We will leave promptly at 8 am.
Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide, by attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and I can not be held responsible.
Description: We will hike Rattlesnake ledge first and then we will drive down the road to do Cedar Butte
Description of Cedar Butte: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/cedar-butte
Description of Rattlesnake Ledge from WTA:
From the parking lot, round the gate and walk the old road 0.25 mile to a grassy swath on the west side of Rattlesnake Lake. A well-signed path leads off to the right. The rebuilt trail climbs steeply from the get-go, gaining more than 1000 feet in just over 1.5 miles. Of course, the old trail made that gain in just 1 mile, so please keep the complaints to a minimum as you slog up the switchbacks. Those new hairpin turns add a little distance to the hike, but they also level the trail a tad, making it a bit easier on the thighs.
After a seemingly endless upward march, you'll suddenly burst out of the forest onto the snout of the rock ledge. The views are unbelievable. Peer southeast into the rarely seen Cedar River watershed, with Chester Morse Lake dominating the close-in scenery. This big lake supplies Seattle with a significant portion of its drinking water. The rest of the watershed is filled with untrammeled forest--the watershed is closed to most human access to ensure that the water remains uncontaminated. Look farther east and you'll see the peaks leading to Snoqualmie Pass and, of course, massive Mount Si is just across the valley.
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.