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Rattlesnake Lake Washington

Rattlesnake Lake is a great place to get away from the city for anyone. In addition to the lake there are trails along the lake and trails up to Rattlesnake Ledge, Cedar Butte, and the Iron Horse Trail. The lake is about 1000 feet above sea level. To get there take exit 32 off of I-90 and head south until the road dead-ends.

I find Rattlesnake Lake to be a very interesting place for historical reasons as well. In 1912 there was a town named Moncton where Rattlesnake Lake now sits. In 1915 the town was flooded by a failed dam project. A few of the pictures below are from placards around the park. There is also an education center near the lake.

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Rattlesnake Ledge. A hiking trail leads up to the top. Huge boulders littler the forest floor along the trail.
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This little guy had lots of energy and loved the water.
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A short description of what happened in the early 1900s at Rattlesnake Lake. This picture illustrates what happened to the town of Moncton. A house boat?
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This picture speaks for itself.
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Path along the east edge of the lake looking north.
Kind of a cheesy smile, but, that is what I looked like that day.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Sony DCR-PC100 1-mega pixel camera. Email me if you would like a higher resolution version of any of these pictures.