Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.10 mi (6.60 km)
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Rattlesnake ledge offers great views of the surrounding mountains and lakes, including Mount Si, Mount Washington, Rattlesnake Lake, and Chester Morse Lake, and many other smaller mountains and lakes. Views overlook the valley forested with green evergreen trees and extend even to part of North Bend on a clear day.

From the parking lot, follow the signs to a service road for 0.3 miles until you reach the trailhead. The elevation gain is moderate at first, allowing for a little warm up before the climbing begins. The trail is wide and very well maintained, and it leads through a second-growth forest with a few huge boulders laying around. The elevation throughout the whole hike is moderate and constant. Once you reach the top you'll find steep ledges and the potential for huge falls, so be careful and don't stand over them. A sign indicates the direction to the right ledge and the route to the east ledge. Visitors may want to jump over a fairly deep crevasse that is only a foot wide to enjoy the best views of the valley and the lake.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Great views. Short hike. Well maintained. Short drive.

Cons

Very popular. Steep ledges.

Trailhead Elevation

950.00 ft (289.56 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,080.00 ft (329.18 m)

Features

Big vistas

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

02/10/2018
This was my second hike. Lots of people there. Was not a huge fan of that. But the views were amazing.
07/09/2017
Went last sunday a.m. It was a great, short hike with amazing views at the top but whoa, was it packed. We got to the top around 11 a.m. and there were 30+ people already there. On the way back, the trail was so busy there was stop/go traffic. I'd recommend going as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
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