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Seattle: Rattlesnake Ledge

November 15, 2017

Seattle: Rattlesnake Ledge

While in Seattle, we set out to do a hike. After our initial plan to go to Blue Lake (about 3 hours away from Seattle) fell through due to avalanche warnings, we opted for Rattlesnake Ledge. Rattlesnake is a really popular hiking spot for Seattlites, and it’s a super easy 45 minute drive from downtown. The hike was about 4 miles round trip, a bit more with the walk from the parking lot to the trail and a quick stop at the lake at the base.

If you go during the rainy season, (aka not summer), make sure you bring appropriate rain gear. We went mid November, and it rained the entire four hours that we were hiking. I brought a patagonia rain jacket with a waterproof hood that I purchased specifically for this trip, and it seriously kept me going. It was well insulated so I was able to stay warm, and when my face went numb about 2.5 hours in, I was able to close the hood around the majority of my face.

Here’s a list of gear that I brought with me, if you’re interested.
-Patagonia Torrenentshell Rain Jacket (Women/Men)
-REI Co-op Traverse 28 Pack (Women)
-KEEN Voyageur Mid Hiking Boots, Waterproof (Women)
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Before heading towards the trail, you walk past this beautiful lake. There are stumps from trees of the past, and a unique, expansive view that you won’t really get much of once you get lost in the very forested trail.

The hike was really beautiful, and I was definitely loving all of the gorgeous trees, unique foliage, lush ferns, moss covered branches, and the variety of different plant life that transformed as I went up in elevation.

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This was the view from the top. The entire hike was surrounded by super dense trees, and you don’t really get any view until you make it to the very, very top. I was hoping for a breathtaking, spectacular view of the lake and the surrounding forest, but it was quite foggy, so the lake wasn’t very clear. Plus, without the trees, there was some pretty brutal winds, and I was so freaking cold I could hardly stand to be up there very long. We may be smiling in the photo above, but rest assured I was internally dying.

If you’re wanting to hike rattlesnake, the coordinates for the trailhead are 47.4335, -121.7675. Pop that into your phone and then look for signs for the parking lot.


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    1. My first hike ever once moving to Seattle was Rattlesnake ledge. It’s too bad the view wasn’t clear for you, it’s really quite lovely!

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