Rattlesnake Mountain (East)


Day Hike - Rattlesnake Mountain (East)

Hike to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain (changed from Iron Peak)

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  • Moderate, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,400 ft
  • Pace: Middle-aged Average

The official meeting place is the East Sunset Trailhead parking lot in Issaquah at 8:00 AM. It is 100 yards south of I-90 at exit #18.  The address is 665 E Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA. We can carpool from there to the trailhead.

If you are coming from the south-end up SR 18, you carpool with other sound-enders and meet us at the trailhead at about 8:25-8:30

Destination changed from Iron Peak due to deep snow on the east side.

Rattlesnake mountain is very popular, but 95% of the people turn around at the first set of ledges.  We will skip the first ledges (at least on the way up) and continue up the trail.  There are views out to the valley, which looks nice right now with the fall colors.  The goal will be to make it up to the 3400' high point or if there is interest, maybe a the second high point a ways past it.

There is some debate about the length of this trail.  My goal is we will hike 8 - 9 miles total.


Rattlesnake Mountain (East)

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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