Take a Hike: Rattlesnake Ledge


The first sunny day of the year and the trails were packed.  I knew that one of the most popular trails near Seattle, Rattlesnake Ledge would be busy with hikers, families and dogs.  Offering one of the most stunning views in the area, you can see Mount Si and Mount Washington from the first ledge at 1.9 miles.  The fact that a pass is not required to park, which is not common among many hiking trails in Washington state, makes this wonderland available to everyone.  Rattlesnake Ledge offers a beautiful lake at its base, where you will find people swimming, picnicking and kayaking.  The trail itself is well maintained with bridges and surrounded by marvelous trees.

My family and I arrived to the trail around 11 in the morning and my assumptions proved to be true, as the parking lot was overflowed with vehicles.  We lucked out scoring a spot near the entrance to the trail.  The dogs were harnessed and off we went on our adventure. Although hiking with a crowd is not my favorite way to hike, especially with dogs, it was so good to see so many smiling faces, out enjoying the day.  We made it to the top and relished in our home made sandwiches for lunch.  Something about eating outside after exuberating a bunch of energy; makes the food taste better!

Items you will find in my hiking backpack:

  • A couple bottles of water
  • A plastic dish for my dogs water
  • Plastic bags for garbage and doggy poo
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • A camera
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Gloves
  • Matches, flashlight, band aides (just in case)
  • Flip flops (so nice to take off those hiking boots afterwards!

I hope wherever you are, you can enjoy nature’s playground.  The Washington Trails Association, http://www.wta.org  is a great resource for finding hikes in Washington state.

Happy Trails Everyone!


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