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snow
14 days ago

Hiked this trail on Saturday(03/9). We had to park across the bridge because the road to get to the trail head is blocked off with snow. Not a bad walk to get to the trail head. Spikes are not needed but we hiked with snowshoes and it seemed pretty helpful. We saw a good amount of people hiking with their regular hiking boots on. I must say though, for the miles we walked and the elevation gain this trail has, I'm not sure it was worth the leg pain. The trail is beautiful with snow but other than that, I did not care much to spend much time at the frozen lake.

Trail is blocked off. Farthest you can park is right off the exit. It’s about a .8 mile walk, but park at your own risk.

I hiked with just spikes and really was struggling the last .5 miles to the lake. It’s about knee deep length for the snow down there.

Despite not having snowshoes the trail is pretty easy to follow despite there being a ton of snow. Lake was beautiful and frozen :)

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Traveled out to Annette with a friend early Saturday am 3/3/19. As most have mentioned, you will need to park at the snow bank by the interstate ramp and hike in. We used a combination of spikes and snowshoes the entire way. Snowshoes were a must and poles were a huge help. Conditions were challenging and indeed risky but we felt comfortable enough to blaze the trail though all 4 chutes and ate lunch by the lake. We're were the first group up but passed numerous others on the way out. Multiple were already through the last chute and were lake bound. I should also mention that when I hiked here two weeks ago I saw a couple of guys that appeared to be casing cars parked by the snow bank, so make sure to keep your valuables with you or hidden in the car to prevent theft.

hiking
20 days ago

Trail staging area is snowed in (3/2/19) Park back by interstate exit and @3/4 mile walk to trail head. I recommend snowshoes and poles for the whole hike. We tried spikes further up but went back to snowshoes. We stopped short of the lake >1 mile (3600 ft elevation) and turned around due to advice from a larger group coming back down stating that some in their group felt it was too dangerous for them to cross a few sketchy chutes. Took their advice and went back.

Did the Rattlesnake Mountain traverse from Rattlesnake Lake to Snoqualmie Point trailhead. Snow the entire trail. Used microspikes until the East peak, then switched to snowshoes until Grand Prospect, then back to spikes. Beautiful sunny day.

Forest road is closed right at the exit ramps because of the recent snow, so add about 20 minutes of hiking time to the trail. Snowshoes needed today from the start, but overall trail was pretty well packed down by earlier trekkers except for the last 1/4 mile to the lake. Fun day to get into the mountains.

Beautiful winter hike. Our Prius has made it to the trailhead 3 times this winter. Parts of the trail can get pretty steep and iced over so micro spikes and poles are helpful this time of year. Tons of snow but the trail is well paved from pervious hikers.

Beautiful hike and views to the surrounding mountains. Currently under layers and layers of snow. Definitely need spikes!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

on Annette Lake Trail

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Jan 29th 2019. We got to the trail head at 7:30am with only 2 other cars there. First mile was easy with clear trail. Second mile through the switchbacks was a bit steeper and very icy. Microspikes or crampons and poles are a must. Third mile and to the lake was a gentle grade and icy snow throughout. A few waterfalls, stream crossings and the occasional peek a boo views of humpback mountain varied the otherwise standard hike in the woods. Got to the lake in 2hrs 15 minutes. Views at the lake are gorgeous. Not a cloud in the sky but windy and cold once we stopped moving. This would make for a great family hike in the summer months I’d think.

Our objective on this hike/climb was to reach Annette Lake and then to climb the west face to the summit of Silver Peak. The face is about 3/4 of a mile and a whopping 1500 foot gain to the north ridge! We made it about 3/4 the way up the 40 sometimes 50 degree pitch before turning back do to my partners equipment malfunction (crampons) and lack of proper equipment (ice axe). Ice axe and mountaineering boots with crampons are required here. Along with some climbing experience. This is not the place to go for your first climb. It is steep! One slip and you wont stop for a half mile. Add in steady 20-25 mph winds and gusts of 40+...needless to say we called it quits and headed back down. A disappointing end to what could have been an epic summit day. However, we heeded to the first rule of climbing...KNOW YOUR LIMIT. We will be back to conquer this peak very soon.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Did it without spikes but definitely should have had some on. It’s possible without them, but you’ll encounter some slippery and tough areas. We had poles. Besides the ice- the mountains, lake, creeks, waterfalls, and evergreens did not disappoint! My strava said we completed 9.3 miles- did a little extra exploring but I would say this trail is between 8-9 round trip.

Definitely recommend spikes. Poles were helpful on the way out because it was downhill and snowy and some sections were icy. Totally worth it. The lake is completely covered in snow at this point, but the views are beautiful.

Recommend bringing spikes. I just had hiking boots which was fine but would have been easier with spikes. The lake is gorgeous and for the people that are worried about the potholes on the .4 mile road to the trail head, invest in something other than a Prius and you’ll be okay

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Went on 1/17/19 at 0700. The trail head lists the hike at 8 miles total. The trail itself was fun because you start out in a lush rainforest and end up in a winter wonderland. The trail doesn't offer many views, but it's a nice landscape to hike through. Micro spikes needed. No need for snow shoes. The road leading up to the trail has numerous potholes, so drive slowly.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike definitely recommend microspikes and poles. Has some icy sections.

hiking
2 months ago

Soooooo beautiful ! Summer time is definitely the best!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful in the summer and winter. Definitely a favorite.

First time up on Rattlesnake Mountain. Power was out at home from the wind storm, so decided on a quick hike up to Grand Prospect. A little bit of snow close to the Grand Prospect, but nothing needed for traction. The trail is a nice gradual trail up, so not real hard on the knees. I'll be back again this winter for the whole traverse down to Rattlesnake Ridge and the lake.

Challenging, but in a fun way. On the crest, it is exposed to the south/west, so the bitter wind and sleet can put a damper on the journey. But, still highly recommend this trail. Stopped at Stan's Overlook and Grand Prospect areas but couldn't see much with the cloud cover unfortunately.

Hiked 12/29/18. First off, I would HIGHLY recommend bringing poles and ice spikes. It will make this hike a lot less strenuous. Snow shoes are not necessary. Secondly, there was snow in the parking lot when we got there, but even if your car doesn’t have AWD, I think it wouldn’t be a problem since the road to the parking lot isn’t very long. There was patchy snow from the very start of the trail. About a mile in, the snow on the trail became much thicker. There was a compact trail all the way to the lake and the path was very clear the entire way as well. The last 3/4ths of a mile to the lake probably had anywhere from 5-7 feet of snow especially in the avalanche chutes. It rained pretty much the entire day and on our way back, the snow was turning pretty slushy/wet. There’s a good chance a lot of that wet snow and all of the slush puddles will freeze over night. There was already some ice on our way up, which was really slippery even for ice spikes. It took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to the lake and then another hour and 45 minutes to get back to the car. Definitely plan ahead as it does get dark very early in the Forest. Nonetheless, it was beautiful at the top! Enjoy :)

hiking
2 months ago

I did it and I had fun! I saw three dogs on the hike, and one was reaaallly big but it was not the friendliest. Anyways, good hike, moderate amount of snow, but good amount so if you fall it won't hurt. We made it to the end, but if you are older or feeble than you will probably not make it :)

trail running
3 months ago

One of my favorite easy day hikes to go on during the summer!

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I love this hike, I hiked it on my own today, i made it 3/4 of the way but turned back after hitting knee high snow (I gambled not taking snow shoes). So, fun winter hike, lots of running water, just bring your snow shoes and poles to get to see her

hiking
3 months ago

We went in late November and it was an amazing snowy hike! We went in the morning and had beautiful light piercing through the fog and trees. The first third had no snow, second third had some, and the final third was a bit icy. On the way down in the early afternoon the ice had thawed a bit so we didn't slip too much! Poles are good to have, and spikes would probably be even better. The lake was pristine!

Went early yesterday and had the trail and lake largely to ourselves (passed three people on the way down).
Other reports are correct first third is snow free, second third is icy and final third was packed down snow (up to about 1-2feet). The icy section was difficult to traverse uphill and microspikes would have been helpful (we had poles), however on the way down the ice and snow did start to melt a bit.

The mileage is incorrect! It’s only 3.5miles each way, 7 miles in total. Took us just over two hours to get up, and less to get down.

Otherwise a gorgeous hike, starts in the forest, passes some waterfalls, snow covered mountains and ends in the lake that was completely frozen over for us. Super pretty at this time of year!

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