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.
Rattlesnake Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The old railroad grade is extremely popular among Seattle area residents due to its easy access, scenic views, and non-technical riding. Climbing is minimal, and technical skills are not required in the least. The surrounding area is dotted with daisies, dandelions, and blue prairie lupines; several waterfalls and streams fall from high on the ridge and run below the trail to the south fork of the Snoqualmie River. Trail surface: Gravel wide track on old railroad grade, minimal singletrack, and dirt road."
--Santo Criscuolo, Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Peter Stekel, Best Hikes Near Seattle (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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