Hike: Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

This past week has been a sun-filled delight for everyone across the Pacific Northwest and with summer coming just around the corner I decided it’s time to share a few of my favorite hikes, one beautiful trial at a time.

Located just over half an hour away from Seattle, Rattlesnake Ledge, is one of the closest most family/dog-friendly trails you will find. The well-maintained trail is easy to get to, four miles round trip and includes an epic vantage point. This popular route is a great option for anyone new to hiking or for someone who wants to get a hike in but, maybe does not have all day to enjoy it.

Starting at the parking lot just off of I-90’s Exit 32, the well-marked trail gently yet effectively winds up in a steady incline for a couple miles before bursting open on to a rock ledge allowing for an unforgettable view of Chester Morse Lake. To the east you’ll see the peaks leading to Snoqualmie Pass and directly across the valley is the magnificent Mount Si. At the top grab a spot on a smooth rock for a well-deserved water and snack break. Snap a photo with a friend and bask in the sunshine before making the descent down the switchbacks through the lush green forest all the way back to your car.

During the summer as any PNW native would tell you there is no better place to be than hiking in our local mountains! As all of these hikes are most appreciated on sunny, clear days it is important to take advantage of the weather while you can. So, next  time you are thinking about hopping on the plane for Hawaii or Mexico (which, don’t get me wrong, no one would blame you) during this time of the year. Take a minute and note that for the price of a park pass ($30 for the year) you can go outside and enjoy the natural wonders in your own backyard.

GREAT SOURCE: Tips for finding more great trails and driving directions can be found at the WTA.org website.


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