Rattlesnake Mountain has three exposed ledges overlooking Rattlesnake Lake and has spectacular views of the Snoqualmie Valley on a clear day, one of which we lucked out on.
The hike up to the first ledge winds through the forest with many switchbacks for 2 miles. It was a good workout and we warmed up quickly. The view from the first ledge was unbelievable and I can understand why it’s so popular. Since this cliff is steep, you have to be careful and not to lose your footing. It was pretty crowded when we got there and only stayed a minute.
We kept hiking and ten minutes later were at the next ledge, with no one else. We continued on for another ten minutes to the third ledge and it was even more peaceful and beautiful.
We opted to follow the trail onward to East Peak on Rattlesnake Mountain. We hiked through thicker forest and saw so many different types of mushrooms. Here are just a couple:
We got to East Peak in less than two hours from Rattlesnake Lake. We took a break and enjoyed the view of Mount Si to the north. Our total round trip hike was roughly 9 miles. If you want to check it out, drive east of Seattle on I-90 to exit 32. Take a right at the stop sign and follow it to Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area.