Washington State has so much wilderness and nature to explore from rain-forests to coastline and from mountains to desert! Exploring nature is one of the best things you can do for your body both physically and mentally. Hiking burns calories while providing fresh air and connection to nature that is often missing in today’s society. In all of the trails and places I’ve explored, Rattlesnake Ridge Ledge has one of the most epic viewpoints. I even put it on my list of 7 Best Hikes Near Seattle.
How to get to Rattle Snake Ridge Trail
This very popular trail is a breeze to get to. From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 32 for 436th Avenue SE. Turn right onto 436th Avenue SE, also signed as Cedar Falls Road SE. Proceed about four miles down the road to the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot on the right. The trail head starts across from the parking lot down a short service road. There are toilets and the lake at the trail head. The trail to the viewpoint is approximately 2 miles. So you are looking at 4 miles round trip. Depending on your pace it should take about 2-4 hours to get to the viewpoint and back. Easily a half day excursion with an elevation gain of 1160 feet. Need a place to stay at in Seattle? Try
What you will see
This trail has iconic northwestern viewpoints and wilderness along the route. Large mossy boulders and tall straight evergreens line the way. At about 1.9 miles into the journey you will come to a wooden sign. Rattlesnake ledge is about 100 yards to the right of this sign. It is a must see! Be careful as you take in the view as a trip or stumble near the edge could lead to disaster.
This spot is perfect for lunch. After taking in the view from here you can head back down to the parking lot or head back to the wooden sign and up the other way for an additional short hike to middle and upper ledge for a different view and to look down at where you just were.
Parking for Rattle Snake Ridge Trail
Rattlesnake Ridge is easy to get to with loads of parking and beautiful vistas. So on a sunny weekend be prepared to see many folks and dogs on the trail and at the lake below. Parking in the park may be difficult and you may need to park on the street. On the plus side this trail does not require a park pass or permit.
So make your way to Rattlesnake Ridge this summer, burn some calories and take in one of the northwest’s best views especially with a GoPro. See you on the trail!
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