Rattlesnake Lake and Ledge Trail

North Bend, Washington

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A wide trail runs around scenic Rattlesnake Lake past a picnic area on the west side to the south end. On a hot day instead of climbing to the ledge, the kids may prefer to stay here for wading and swimming, or that may instead be a reward you can offer them after they return. Another reward after the hike is the Cedar River Watershed Visitors Center, where an early town called Cedar Falls once stood and which contains natural history and artistic exhibits children will love. In the Rain Drum Courtyard you can listen to drums being played by amplified raindrops. Children love taking their dogs along. They may guess why it’s called Rattlesnake Ledge. Tell them early settlers thought the whispering sound of grasses blowing in the wind sounded like rattles, but there are no snakes here.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A wide trail runs around scenic Rattlesnake Lake past a picnic area on the west side to the south end. On a hot day instead of climbing to the ledge, the kids may prefer to stay here for wading and swimming, or that may instead be a reward you can offer them after they return.

Another reward after the hike is the Cedar River Watershed Visitors Center, where an early town called Cedar Falls once stood and which contains natural history and artistic exhibits children will love. In the Rain Drum Courtyard you can listen to drums being played by amplified raindrops. Children love taking their dogs along. They may guess why it’s called Rattlesnake Ledge. Tell them early settlers thought the whispering sound of grasses blowing in the wind sounded like rattles, but there are no snakes here.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,174 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 920 feet
Top Elevation: 2,094 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 205S Rattlesnake, 206 Bandera; USGS North Bend; Cedar River Watershed
Driving Directions: Directions to Rattlesnake Lake and Ledge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/7/2008
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3/25/2008
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Hiked Rattlesnake Ledge around 7:30 AM. Weather was beautiful, about 35-40 degrees. Trail was dry for the most part; wet with runoff in a few spots, but nothing that would get your feet wet. No snow at the lower ledge when we were there, but it did start to snow later in the day. If you like to hike antisocially, hit this trail in the early morning. We didn't have any company on the way up and started to come across people and dogs on our way down at 9:00 AM or so.



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