Rattlesnake Ledge


Day Hike - Rattlesnake Ledge

Hike from picturesque Rattlesnake Lake through a forest canopy on an evenly graded and well maintained trail to an overlook with a panoramic view of the Snoqualmie Valley and Cascade foothills, making it one of the best early season hiking opportunities near Seattle and Tacoma.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,160 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,079 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at 10:30 AM by the gate at the north end of the main parking lot.  It is reached by taking Exit 32 from I-90, turning right at the end of the exit and heading south on 436th Ave SE, which becomes Cedar Falls Road, and continuing up the hill, turning right into the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot.  No parking pass is required. 

From the gate meeting place, we will walk around the lake to the old trailhead on the west side of the lake.  There are portapotties there, as well as by the parking lot.  From there the trail rises steadily upward on a gently switchbacked route until reaching a junction at the top of the ridge, where we turn right to reach the ledge top, which is our lunch spot, and offers good picture opportunities.  We'll return by the same route. 

On the drive home we'll have an optional refreshment stop at iconic Twede's Restaurant in North Bend.



Rattlesnake Ledge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  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
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