Day Hike - Rattlesnake Mountain (West)


Day Hike - Rattlesnake Mountain (West)

The trail ascends the Rattlesnake Mountain Trail southeast from Snoqualmie Point as far as the Grand Prospect for a good workout and some great views on a fine day. This hike was originally scheduled for Oct. 23 but is postponed until Oct. 29 due to extreme weather conditions expected on the 23rd.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: 2 MPH average moving speed

Meet ready to hike at 9:00 am at Snoqualmie Point Park Trailhead, off I-90 exit 27.

Full directions to the meeting place will be emailed to all who sign up when registration closes on Oct. 27. 

Our trail follows the well maintained and signposted Rattlesnake Mountain Trail southeast from Snoqualmie Point up to Grand Prospect and back along a mix of new and old growth forest with some open spaces with great views on a fine day.

As described by WTA in:

The first nice viewpoint is Stan's Overlook, about 2.5 miles in (elev. 2100').  From there we should be able to see Mt. Si and the Snoqualmie Valley.  We will reach our turn-round point at Grand Prospect at about 4.9 miles. On a clear day we will enjoy views over North Bend and mountains to its north. After we eat lunch, we will return by the same route. In all this will be fairly strenuous hike of  9 miles round trip and 2,300 elevation gain.

The hike will be led at a moderate pace, averaging 2 mph. If you have any concerns about your ability to cope with the distance, elevation gain and pace, please contact the leader.

A WA State Discover Pass is required for all vehicles parked at Snoqualmie Point


All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.

Also, to help ensure your safety and the safety of our fellow hikers, the leader asks that you only carpool to the trailhead with other members of your household registered for the same trip.  

All participants will need to have a face covering (mask, bandanna or muff), hand sanitizer and a backpack containing the 10 essentials. Where ever possible all group member will maintain the 6ft minimum social distancing protocol and be ready to pull up face covering over mouth and nose when this is not possible passing others on the trail and at the trailhead.

Full details will be emailed as soon as the trip closes at 5pm on Oct. 27. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions:

Chris Ensor 


Rattlesnake Mountain (West)

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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