A short, relatively easy hike with a big payoff! The views were better than we expected and Rattlesnake Lake was turquoise green from the top. Took us about 45 minutes up. Trail was in great condition, and there are pit toilets at the park below. The only negative part of the hike for me was the trial etiquette. Lots of music blaring (instead of enjoying the sounds of nature), litter on the trail, and loud hikers. People goof off at the top near the cliffs.

Super dog friendly! Just keep them leashed. Saw several today not leashed and owners not seeming to care that they disturbed other hikers. :/ The trail was clean, wide snd easy to navigate with a steady upward incline nearly 95% of the time. Great views from the ledge! A bit cloudy today with slight snow flurries, but it went away quickly leaving a partial view of Mt Si. Would certainly visit this trail again!

trail running
1 day ago

good trail training

I didn’t find snow on my way to the view points today, make sure to hit the trail early

Hiked up the ledge and to east point yesterday, spikes would have been helpful however I did it without. You can get by without just a little slippery towards the end. Great views and met some cool people along the way.

It was a gorgeous day to be up there. From Snowqualmie it’s about 10-11 miles round trip but it’s not too bad and the elevation gain is mostly gradual. Poles are extremely help and for the best view bring snowshoes because about a mile past the Grand viewpoint is a clear cut that you can explore, it has a view of Rainier as well.

Great trail be prepared for a hike. Uphill. The scenery is amazing when u get to the top!

Beautiful day!!!

Fun hike, go early to avoid massive crowding at the top..

amazing views, snow is still present at the top of the trail. I hiked it with plain boots and no spikes or poles we're needed.

Good hike, good view. Loved the snow and elevation.

Awesome trail! Still very icy at the top, lots of opportunities to slip and fall, so be careful and bring poles and microspikes! View at the ledge is absolutely stunning, makes the trek up well worth it.

the trail is VERY icy right now. lot of people slipping and falling- be prepared and careful!!

25 days ago

Great trail, some packed snow and ice towards the top of the trail so spikes helped, especially on the way down. Loved the views!

Fantastic views. A walkable trail to the ledge makes this accessible to everyone.

29 days ago

Did this trail last week. A good first solo hike for me and the furball. Bonus? It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day :) Beautiful views. A bit crowded though for my liking.

Great trail, amazing views from the ledge and super family friendly

At the trailhead by 5am. Hiked to the middle ridge and watched the sunrise. Leash your dog at the top just to be safe. Epic morning and an all around great hike!

amazing. all up hill so take your time.

Beautiful View. Crowded get there early for parking. Don't need hiking boots even, running shoes will be just fine. Trail is so well groomed we found it a bit boring. The creek at the beginning was the only issue at the start about 2 to 3 inches deep.

Trail was well maintained and a perfect distance and incline

There was water at the trailhead, so had to take a detour. Overall very nice, weather was good. Enjoyed it very much.

Easy peasy nice morning hike before the crowds get there!

Great experience. The group hiked to the Ledge and then progressed to the Eastern Peak. We did get into snow about a mile from the peak, which was fun. Crampons though weren’t needed.

Great hike! Got there at 6 am to make the sunrise. Start of trail was flooded by the creek. Waterproof shoes were very helpful. Hardly anybody on the trail that early.

Excellent weather today. Got there @ 8am. Creek was flowing over the path at the start of the trail. About an inch deep. No problem for those with waterproof hiking boots. No snow. A few muddy spots along the trail. Else quite dry. Not too many people at the ledge at 9:15am. The valley was all clouds. But the montain tops across the valley were visible. They had patches of snow.

It's a fun trail, just be prepared for the weather .

Nice weather, nice trail:)

Great trail. Moderate difficulty. Nothing much to see on the trail. But once get on top, the view is so beautiful and breathtaking! Highly recommended.

I’ve done this trail numerous times. I think it is perfect for a first timer whom never been hiking before. It’s about an hour from Seattle and offers a wonderful view from the city. Which is why this is one of the busiest hiking trail in Northbend. I took a couple of friends from Ohio to show them what the PNW is about. They are hooked had a great time and is yearning for more of the PNW.!

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