Seattle Alpine Scrambling
Rattlesnake Lake Parking Area
This is an after-hours scramble to Rattlesnake Ledge. Required equipment: Helmets, Harness or materials for emergency harness (tubular webbing and locking carabiner) and prussik loop, Standard scrambling gear. Meeting place: We will meet at the close/North end of Rattlesnake Lake parking area. Here are directions: 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. Meeting time: 6:00pm Planned route: A few hundreds yards past the northernmost switchback, just past the 0.5 mile marker attached to a tree, locate a cliff about 50 yards uphill. Find a faint bootpath up to the cliff. Keep the cliff to the right and follow the couloir up to the ridge between the lower and upper balconies. Alternative route: Just before the 1.0 mile marker attached to a tree and before the bench on the righthand side of the trail, find a well-defined bootpath. Follow the bootpath and inclined slabs up the the lower balcony.