Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area, Washington

Distance8.1mi
Elevation Gain5,850ft
Trailhead Elevation1,063ft
Top3,506ft
Elevation Min/Max1063/3506ft
Elevation Start/End1063/1063ft

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Snoqualmie, Washington. It is within Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area. It is 8.1 miles long and begins at 1,063 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,850 feet. The Rattlesnake Mountain information board and the Snoqualmie Point Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Grand Prospect, East Peak, Rattlesnake Middle Ledge, Stan's Overlook, and Rattlesnake Upper Ledge viewpoints can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Rattlesnake Ledge (elevation 2,080 feet) viewpoint. There is also a cliff near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Windy Landing Trail and Rattlesnake Ledge Trail.

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"Rattlesnake Mountain is far from any rattling reptiles, and that’s OK. Challenging but not overly so, the mountain’s combination of trails, former logging roads, utility access roads, plus dramatically exposed views of the Snoqualmie Valley make it a popular destination on sunny weekends. Low elevation and proximity to the ameliorating influences of Puget Sound keep it practically snow-free through all but the most monstrous of winter storms." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press)
Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens
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"Long a popular outing for its proximity to Seattle and commanding views of the Snoqualmie Valley, Rattlesnake Ledge is a well-known hiker’s destination. Far less traveled, however, are the trails that continue past the ledge up onto Rattlesnake Mountain and stretch almost 10 miles along its broad summit ridge. For two excellent trip options, either climb to Rattlesnake Ledge if you have just a few hours, or head to the solitude of the East Peak and return for a full day’s hike." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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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." Read more

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail Reviews

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7/20/2018
Great beginner hike with a fantastic view.
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7/2/2018
Awesome! This is one of my favorite short hikes and definitely one of the most popular hikes in the Snoqualmie area. The trail is very well maintained and passes through typical northwest thick forests all the way to top. It is not very steep, mostly just a steady incline. Still, a very nice workout. There are almost no views until you get to the top, but it is a lovely walk. Once you do reach the top the views are stunning in all directions. It is just breathtaking. Looking north there are spectacular views of Mount Si and north Bend. In the northeast you can see deep into the valley that was formed by the mountain range that consists of Garfield Mountain and Cascade Mountain. To the east there are beautiful trees and a deep green lake that is framed by the magnificent Cedar Butte and Washington Mountain. To the south you can see deep into the southern Cascades. The trail is pretty heavily trafficked, especially on the weekends, no matter what season it is. There were tons of other hikers and dogs, all very nice, but if you are seeking solitude you won't find it here.
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8/21/2008
We did this as a through-hike, east to west. The beginning is nice and the views at the ledge are really worth the walk there. However, past that the walk was nothing to waste your time with. Logging roads, clear cut areas, blah. Do yourself a favor and just hike up to the ledge, picnic, relax and walk back out.
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8/18/2008
If you catch it on a good day, the views are fabulous. Its very crowded to the "first" lookout where everyone seems to stop. But if you go up the trail about another mile the views are better and bonus: less people!
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8/7/2008
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7/23/2008
Good workout for teens. Fabulous view. Lots of picnickers at the top. Trail in great condition.
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3/25/2008
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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3/18/2007
Great trail for a one-way training hike very close to Seattle. We used a car shuttle to get back. We went from the east end trail head (I-90, exit 32)to the west end trail head (I-90, exit 27), about 11 miles, with most of the gain in the first few miles, leaving the muscles tired for the remainder of the hike. It's good for the legs. The higher elevations still had snow that was slushy, soft and not icy, nor too deep for normal hiking boots. Gaiters were not needed. The west end was a bit muddy, but not bad at all, especially given the pouring rain the previous day.
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11/1/2006
I was more than pleasantly suprised at the view from Rattlesnake Ledge. I expected to have a view of only Rattlesnake Lake, but instead the view from the ledge is a 270 degree view of all the adjacent mountains and peaks. It's a nice short hike on a well-maintained trail with a gorgeous view when you get there.
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7/30/2006
Nice quick hike with a great view... lake on the way out for those hot days.
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Trail Information

Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area
Nearby City
Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
USGS North Bend
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Dec 2018