Alpine Scramble - Missing Route/Place

Rattlesnake Mtn.

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  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft
7:30 AM at City Light lot before Rattlesnake Lake
This is a must do Seattle area trip for those interested in a short and scenic outing. You’ll find a well-maintained trail with a challenging rock scramble shortcut quickly taking off for the top and the well known Rattlesnake Ledge. This is being run as a Half-Day Scramble, i.e. leave early for a short trip and make it back to the trailhead, perhaps even to Seattle, by noon. Total elevation gain is 1,100. And the views at the ledge are fantastic on a good clear day.

Take I-90 east and get off on Exit 32 (436th Avenue SE) just past the exits to North Bend. Take a right off of the exit, heading south on 436th Ave SE which turns into Cedar Falls Road. Travel about three miles and follow the signs posted for Rattlesnake Lake. Park in the City Light lot just before the entrance to the park. Driving time from Seattle is approximately 50 minutes. Neither Forest nor Discover Passes are required.

- Helmets ARE required.
- Ice Axes are not required.
- Trekking poles are recommended.

Follow the road to the lake and take the trail heading NW. Approx 1/10 mile south of the first major switchback find the ridge trail taking off uphill and to the west. Follow to high point. Descend to ledge, then down the main trail to the trailhead.

You must have completed the rock field trip before signing up for this trip. If space is still available on Friday, additional signups can be made by calling the trip leader at home.

Here is a link to a printable map of the area:,-121.781259&t;=t2&z;=15&hillshade;=18&coord;=latlng&directions;=off&mylocation;=off&label;=off&screen;=auto&streetview;=on

You can zoom in on this map, Press Ctrl-PrntScr to copy the screen Image to the clipboard, paste it into the Microsoft Paint program, crop it to size, and print. Please note I will email a map including the route prior to the trip.

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