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Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

Rattlesnake Ledge is a nice family hike although care should be taken to ensure that little ones do not fall off the edge. The hike is about 1.3 miles in length (each way) and gains about 1,160 feet in elevation. Add on 0.3 miles to get from the parking area to the trail head.

Once you get to Rattlesnake Ledge you have the option of hiking to the Lower Ledge (less than 0.1 miles), Middle Ledge (another 0.1 miles), or all the way to Snoqualmie Point Trailhead if you want which is about 11 miles from the first ledge.

For our hike we went about 2.9 miles and stopped just shy of the East Peak which has an elevation of 3517 feet. Our maximum elevation was about 3420 feet.

(April 24, 2004)

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The Rattlesnake Ledge trail goes through the forest until you reach the actual ledge. Rattlesnake Ledge Trail This is the only view you get on your way up to the ledge although I wouldn't expect Todd and Alex to be there when you visit the trail.
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Taken June 23, 2002. I included this pictures for two reasons. First I thought it was interesting to see how much more water was in Rattlesnake Lake in June of 2002 and second because I never posted the pictures from our hike to Rattlesnake Ledge in 2002 Alex had an easy ride up on his dad's back. Alex also had an easy ride down on my back. He even fell asleep on the way down.
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This is a view of Mount Si (left end of mountain) with North Bend in the valley. In this picture you can see Rattlesnake Ledge from Mount Si. This is the view from Rattlesnake Ledge looking south. Almost everything seen in the picture is part of the City of Seattle Cedar River Municipal Watershed which is closed to public access. The Chipmunks are pretty friendly at Rattlesnake Ledge.
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Todd and Alex on the edge of the ledge. This picture shows the following from left foreground to background: Cedar Butte, Mt Washington, and Mt. Kent. I believe the water is Chester Morse Lake. After having lunch on Rattlesnake Ledge we continued northwest on the trail to Middle Ledge. This is the view from Middle Ledge. Notice the people enjoying the view from Rattlesnake Ledge in the lower right-hand corner of the picture.
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It was early in the day so we continued on to Upper Ledge. In this picture you can see Middle Ledge and Rattlesnake Ledge. I believe it is Bandera Mountain in the center (background) of this picture and Mailbox Peak to the left (background). This road, which doesn't seem to have a name, is part of the trail from East Peak to Snoqualmie Point. The road is closed to all vehicles.
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Since this was as far as we were going to go for the day and there was snow it was a good chance for Alex to play in the snow and for me to take a call from my mother. Todd and Alex. Playing in the snow.
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After our hike was over we went to the lake to throw rocks. No I'm not going to get my shoes wet, I promise Dad. Taking a break from throwing rocks.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Nikon D70 Digital SLR camera. Any use of these pictures without permission from the photographer is strictly prohibited. Email me to request permission to use any of these pictures or if you would like a higher resolution version.