If you’re looking for a relatively easy hike with a great reward near Seattle, Rattlesnake Ledge is for you. I had heard from several people, that it was a staple for Seattleites, and I now understand why.
My traveling friends and I got up one Monday morning (well Helen had been awake all night at work, she’s a trooper) and made our way to Snoqualmie. It’s a relatively short drive from Seattle to get you in the wilderness and the hike is only 4 miles roundtrip with a constant gentle climb of about 1100ft to the top. Because of this, it can be a pretty busy hike apparently. Thankfully, a nurse’s schedule means weekdays off and quieter trails.
It was a sunny and warm day, absolutely perfect for a hike. It definitely got me anxious for the perfect Seattle summers literally every person talks about here. I quickly had to shed my jacket and wore just a tank as we climbed 2 miles through the tall pines. Until we got to the open ledge, and we all bundled back up because of the intense wind.
I always tend to adore the views from overlooks the best, standing high above the expansive beauty. This trail being one of those, you can see Rattlesnake Lake below and several mountains of the Cascades in the background. It was absolutely beautiful, and sa hike I would recommend to anyone.
After eating our snacks, taking numerous pictures, and quickly hiking the 2 miles back to the car, we made our way to downtown Bellevue to eat at Din Tai Fung. I had never officially had dumplings before, and it was a perfect post hike reward. They were delicious, along with the boba tea, garlic green beans, and fried rice we ordered.
All in all, a perfect day.