On Saturday, Nick and I hiked Rattlesnake Ledge in North Bend (about an hour away). The weather was sunny and warm, so it was a perfect day to be outdoors.
Rattlesnake Ledge Statistics:
- Roundtrip: 4.0 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1160 ft
- Highest Point: 2078 ft
Rattlesnake Ledge is popular because of its proximity to Seattle and its beautiful views. It isn’t a terribly long hike (it took us about 2.5 hours altogether), but it is an uphill climb with lots of switchbacks all the way up to the top. The trail is fairly narrow, but there are places where you can go off to the side to rest periodically. The trail is surrounded by tall trees, which block the view as you’re hiking, but you’re rewarded with gorgeous views of Rattlesnake Lake below and the Cascades in the distance once you get to the rock ledge at the top.
Nick and I weren’t the only ones who thought it’d be a great day for a hike; we heard from several other hikers that they had never seen it so busy before. We got there around 10 am and while it was busy on the way up, the way down was a continuous stream of people. When we go back, we’ll definitely try to go on a weekday instead. 😉