Rattlesnake Mountain (West)


Day Hike - Grand Prospect

This is a mostly forested, 8.3 mile round trip out and back hike. Our target turn around point will be Grand Prospect. We will hike at a social pace of 1.5 to 2.0 mph with frequent stops. The first three miles have an elevation gain of about 500 ft per mile while the last 1.15 mile section is a bit steeper at 600 ft per mile.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,200 ft
  • Pace: Social 1.5 to 2.0

We will be meeting at Tibbetts Valley Park parking lot at 7:30 am to consolidate cars leaving by 7:50 am and arriving at the Snoqualmie Point trailhead by 8:15 am. We will start hiking no later than 8:30 am.

This is a mostly forested, out and back hike. Our target turn around point will be Grand Prospect. We'll be stopping there for around 15 minutes for a rest/snack break. If the weather cooperates we should have nice views of Mount Si, Teneriffe, and the Snoqualmie Valley. The trail is  moderate without anything too steep. The first 3 miles gain about 500 ft per mile while the last 1.15 miles gains about 600 ft per mile. Please be comfortable with the pace (1.5 to 2.0 mph) and 2100 ft elevation gain having recent experience on a similar hikes with snow. Parts of the lower trail are muddy and we will be hiking on snow on the upper half of the trail. Bring a quick snack/lunch to eat at the viewpoint, where we hope to enjoy the views.

If the weather is un-cooperative with high winds, heavy rain or snow then I will send out a cancellation notice.

This will be a mentored hike for Pete Matsudaira, co-lead by Kim Frasher.

**I will send Hello Hiker email on Monday, March 9th with more details**.


Rattlesnake Mountain (West)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection including sunglasses (eye protection) for sunny weather
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Have clothing and gear for rain/snow
  12. Warm hat & gloves for cold weather/snow
  13. Trekking poles with the bigger baskets for snow
  14. Micro-spikes for snow/ice
  15. Knee high gaiters for mud/snow
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