Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

MODERATE 1,885 reviews

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

Atop Rattlesnake Ridge great views of the surrounding mountains can be seen including Mount Si and Mount Washington. This is a very popular trail in the summer months. It is a short 30 minute drive from downtown Bellevue or under an hour away from Seattle. Not only does this trail provide you with great panoramic views from atop Rattlesnake Ridge but there is also a great park located down below. Many people come to the use the lake in the warmer months. There are no motored boats or fishing allowed on the lake which makes this place ideal for kayakers and swimmers alike. You can also find several connecting trails within the Rattlesnake Ridge parking area. At the end of the Rattlesnake Ridge trail you can continue on for a full day hike along the Ridge on the East Peak trail or complete the 10 mile trek to Snoqualmie. Additionally you can find the Snoqualmie Valley Trail just as you leave the parking area. This is a great trail if you are looking for a long hike or bike ride. The trail starts south of Rattlesnake Lake and continues up to Duval, over 35 miles of converted railroad to trail.

hiking
2 hours ago

Was there yesterday... a beginner hiker took about two hours to complete and my friends and I were dripping in sweat. Overall, fun would do again and the view was to worth the trip

2 hours ago

Best bang for your buck! This hike has great views for short distance

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful view at the top but WAY to many people for my liking. Waiting sometimes for 10 people to go past so you can continue with your climb or descent. Trail is nice, easy to navigate. The last part is kind of steep and some areas of lots of rocks. Maybe on a day with not as many people around I would have enjoyed this much more. Also lots of folks who just throw their plastic water bottles they are done with just into the “wooded” area.

hiking
2 days ago

Excellent hike. Peak point is at elevation of around 1200 feet. The view from top is stunning overseeing the lake.

hiking
2 days ago

Couldn’t have picked a better day to go. Sun was shining! I drove up from Tacoma and got there at 7. Wanted to avoid the crowds having two dogs. Parking and bathrooms are ample and clean. Nice workout mostly on an incline but worth it at the top with those views. Lots of dogs on the trail, mostly leashed, all behaved. Sign allows dogs off leash even, which is a rarity...as long as they can be controlled vocally. Dogs loved cooking off in the lake after the hike. As we were leaving around 10 it really started to get crowded and people were cruising the lot for parking. But people seem to always be coming and going so didn’t seem too much of a pain. I’ll be coming again...it’s a gem.

Went on a Sunday morning in June.

hiking
2 days ago

I prefer trails that have water close by, however as a fit challenge this is a great trail. We were able to see the peak of Mnt Si through the fog. We did almost 11 miles and the equivalent of 90 sets of stairs. The woods were beautiful especially closer to the top with the mist surrounding us.

Beautifully maintained path to the top.
About 1 hour to the top.

3 days ago

Beautiful hike but way too many people. Some don’t know hiking etiquette where if you are holding people up to move over and let them go around you. Gorgeous view, nice steady trail, and can do in a few hours round trip

hiking
3 days ago

I am visiting from Florida and this was my first trail while on vacation. I brought my 13 yr old daughter with me and she had a little of a tough time doing the hike only because she is not used to the elevation here. Florida is flat. But we both loved it! The view at the top is breathtaking and so worth it. We hiked it on June 6th, and there were LOTS of other hikers present. The lake at the bottom on the trail is also lovely so we spent some time by the lake too just appreciating at the beauty. #lovemothernature

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful view

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful, rewarding hike. Got really lucky with a sunny day. Clear trails with lots of people even on a Tuesday afternoon. Perfect day-hike outside of Seattle.

hiking
8 days ago

Went on a Monday afternoon. It wasn't busy but there more people than expected. It's a good hike up and back. We did it in just over 2 hours, and stopped to take pictures. We don't consider ourselves good hikers but were able to handle this just fine. It's well worth the effort. Great views from the top.

12 days ago

Great hike through a forest straight out of a fairy tale. Great views from the summit. Well maintained but very crowded.

Great hike! I got there around 6:45 am and was at the top around 7:45 and I was the only one up there for a good 30 mins! It was amazing, so I suggest getting there early because on my way down I probably passed 35 people, and this was on a Wednesday morning.

13 days ago

Refresh and a good experience!!

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing pay out (view) considering the ‘low’ effort. Quite a great trail. Went on a Friday morning (~10) and found only 5-6 people at the summit. Not too steep and well maintained trail (not very wide with dogs thou). Around 45min on a fast pace, 75min with stops. Easy to Mid hike depending on your level.

hiking
14 days ago

An awesome trail with beautiful views at the top, but the foot traffic is so dense it feels like you're at Disney World. Would suggest getting there soon after sunrise if you want a quieter hike.

hiking
16 days ago

What a hike! A great substitute to the usual jogging cardio. I wish the trail is a bit wider since some of us hikers are faster than others, but still a 5 star.

hiking
17 days ago

Very nice, moderate difficulty, very limited space on top and very overcrowded.

hiking
17 days ago

Don’t go on a weekend! It was like hiking in a crowded mall. It really turned what should have been a great hike into a unenjoyable trip.

hiking
19 days ago

Start early if you want this place to yourself or very few others. I hit the trailhead just after sun up and there were still 4-5 people ahead of me at the top.

19 days ago

Rattlesnake really is a great trail. Well maintained, not too steep, definitely considered an easier hike. The summit is one of the best I’ve seen, but unfortunately it’s just a zoo. For good reason, of course, but it can be tough to enjoy unless you’re out at sunrise or midweek. Just have to think ahead on this one, and know that it likely won’t be a “quiet” hike.

hiking
21 days ago

One of the best hikes I have ever experienced. Was a little crowded since I went during Memorial Weekend. Loved that there were so many dogs on this hike, very fun and enjoyable.

22 days ago

Well maintained, great views, but a complete zoo

hiking
23 days ago

Focusing my reviews on the trail experience only.

Well maintained trail. Not steep. Trail goes in forest the whole time with only a couple of viewpoints at the top of each peak. The forest is nice though. Initial section of the trail going to first viewpoint is very busy.

If you seek more of a hiking challenge or more views of the surrounding mountains, choose another trail. If you seek an easy, family friendly hike, this is a good alternative.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful hike. Been there twice. Last hike 2 weeks ago with my boys age 3, 7, 10 & 11. They had fun and loved it.

24 days ago

Go early in the morning by 10am the trail was very crowded

hiking
25 days ago

Cool day with some clouds. Arrived around 9am, lots of parking still available. Bathrooms available outside the trail entrance. Trail is a steady incline to the top but an easy walk. View was still nice. Windy and chilly at the top though. Lots of people on the trail by noon.

27 days ago

can be a little rough going up if you're out of shape like me, but the view is worth it once you get to the top.

28 days ago

This hike was the busiest hike I've ever been on hands down. It's a beautiful hike and the view at the ledge is so worth the effort! I'd suggest going early on this hike.

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