Take a gradual ascent through a lush forest to enjoy stunning views from the top of the Ledge.

If you’re looking for a fairly easy hike with a great view at the top, the hike to Rattlesnake Ledge is just for you. The Ledge is located on the eastern end of Rattlesnake Ridge, and is the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views of Rattlesnake Lake, the Cascades, Mt. Si, and Snoqualmie Pass.

But it’s not just the summit that’s wonderful - you’ll spend the entirety of your gradual 1.9-mile ascent enveloped by lush fir trees, ferns, and mossy boulders. You’ll feel like your walking through a magical forest.

When you've completed the hike, head over to the lake and reward yourself with a cool dip! The trail can get crowded on summer weekends, so try and get there early. During the winter, trekking poles and crampons may be necessary. Be cautious along the Ridge.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
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RT Distance 4 Miles
Elevation Gain 1160 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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Not a "Beginner" trail.

I completely disagree with this being a "beginner" hike. I hiked this trail on a camping trip. There are narrow switchbacks all the way up so my mother with vertigo had to bow out halfway up. For me the view wasnt worth the steep, narrow, rocky slippery trail up in early September.

Great but you have to be careful

Honestly, this trail is 5 stars. Two reasons I am rating it little lower: 1. The Ridge atop is slippery and dangerous, I would have preferred safety railing from the view point. I have seen lot of kids and youth getting excited and going close to the edge. I highly recommend parents to have absolute control on kids when at this point. 2. At the start of trail, it would have been nice if there was drinking water fountain for hikers returning ( especially for kids ).. Other than these, we got gorgeous view from the top. it was great. Good Luck and be Safe!


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