Rattlesnake Ledge Trail [CLOSED]

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Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail [CLOSED] 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 is primarily used for hiking 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: 1,469 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

closed

Note: There have been reports of road closures and citations due to COVID 19. 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
3 minutes ago

I’ve hiked this multiple times. An easy hike with a pretty view! :)

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked couple of times in 2019. Great few from the top.

hiking
6 days ago

Road is CLOSED half mile before the parking lot. Closure is heavily enforced because the Rattlesnake Lake area supplies drinking water to over a million people. Fantastic hike when it’s open though.

hiking
11 days ago

Road is most definitely closed!

hiking
11 days ago

11 days ago

This was a beautiful hike, but I'd hardly call it kid friendly. I brought my 2 elementary aged kids and the initial hike in is very steep and rocky.

hiking
11 days ago

Closed! Road is blocked

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closed
11 days ago

Still closed off cause of Covid-19.

hiking
12 days ago

Another popular hike that draws crowds. If you don’t arrive early parking and can be a challenge. It’s all uphill to the ledge. I saw plenty of people on their way up who were flagging and wondering how much further, so For less experienced hikers be prepared. The pay off is an amazing view from the ledge. On a nice weekend day there will be a lot of people on the trail and on the ledge area.

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closed
12 days ago

Closed. Road is blocked

closed
12 days ago

It is very closed. The road is blocked off :/

13 days ago

does anyone knows if its open?

hiking
17 days ago

Awesome hike. I was visiting my friend in Washington State and we went to this hike in the morning. It was so foggy, and we didn’t get to see the lake on the top, but I got even more than I expected. Every step on the way was absolutely magical! Incredibly high trees, fog, the freshest air. The view point was on the clouds which was kinda cool as well

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail but usually overpopulated with people playing music, lots of children. Not a difficult climb. To get a nice photo at the top, often times you have to wait for people to move. Considered a city trail to me. Definitely not a wilderness vibe, but a beautiful view at the top.

hiking
19 days ago

Road is closed

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike. Lovely trail through the woods that is moderately challenging. Biggest downside is definitely the crowds. Lots of people come out here to hike, which takes away a lot of the enjoyment (for me at least).

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked this a few weeks ago, wasn’t thrilled with it tbh.. the views at the top were average and it was fairly icy.

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closed
25 days ago

Still closed for COVID-19

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closed
1 month ago

In order to maintain proper social distancing, Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area and Ledge Trail in North Bend will remain closed until further notice. Due to the large number of visitors and the narrowness of the trail as well as the crowding that occurs at the ledge, it has been deemed unsafe to reopen at this time. We will continue to assess & monitor this situation as well as develop future plans that will enable us to reopen. We will continue to post updates and reopen when we believe it is safe to do so. If you have questions about these facilities, call (206) 733-9421 or email crwprograms@seattle.gov.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is closed don’t go, because a ranger has shut the road down completely, and big fines!

The trail was definitely a challenge. My first hike!! (BTW ) It was super hot so bring a light bag an lots of water for your thirst type. The view is soooooooo worth it a the very top. My Girls an I only did the 1.9 but their was a 8mile as well..... Go Luck

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closed
2 months ago

The trail is closed temporarily due to COVID-19.

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closed
2 months ago

Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area and Rattlesnake Ledge Trail are temporarily closed to visitors until further notice due to concerns about COVID-19. We are taking these precautions to prevent crowd densities that preclude safe social distancing and recreation. We look forward to re-opening the recreation area and trail when it's safe to do so. If you have questions about these facilities, call (206) 733-9421 or email crwprograms@seattle.gov.

hiking
2 months ago

Great view at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Never ended a hike more stressed out than when I started, until this past weekend. This place was overcrowded with the worst kind of people amid the covid 19 pandemic. As others have commented, it wasn’t just the sheer volume of people that made the conditions so irritating, as this is a popular hike; it was the blatant lack of consideration among fellow walkers - they weren’t hikers- that made this so painstakingly brutal. Not sure why people who were quarantined all week thought it was a good idea to bring their fresh babies, sneezing kids, or the entire extended family with them. So many large groups who did not know how to yield to uphill hikers. Every fifty feet we stopped to let hoards of multigenerational families or Juul users tromp down while we waited to continue our hike in places clearly not wide enough to pass - not a one got the message and stopped. So clearly no one said thank you as they passed - this happened several times. It was like when you hold the door for one person at a restaurant and then three minutes later your friends are in the car wondering where tf you are, and you were just trying to be nice. Saw a kid throwing rocks off the mountain at one point and hung out no less than five minutes to figure out where in gods green earth his parents were. Cool. No shortage of bad parenting, dog shit bags, and horrendous selections of music. I know we didn’t hear the same song fifteen times bc statistically that’s just highly unlikely, but if you were playing rap, it was the same song. They all sound the same, and by that I mean, not good. Furthermore, if you’re the kind of person who likes to hike while listening to “red solo cup” - please know that no one else wants to know you. Furthest more, if you’re wearing a crop top and a camelbak, we know you’re doing this for the gram, and we’re all dumber for having had witnessed it. The only good part was the dogs. There were so so many dogs, but frankly, most of them seemed embarrassed too.

2 months ago

GREAT hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

Overall one of the best hikes around for sure, and despite being a popular and often crowded trail... But I’ve never seen anything like today. It was like an amusement park on that mountain. As some have mentioned: 1) the place was packed to the gills with people who are cooped up at home and unable to go anywhere or do anything else, and 2) it seemed like a lot of people hiking for the first time... ever? First time in nature, even? The music, the tromping around off trail, and the TRASH. Oh my lord the trash... they need serious help cleaning the place up. Dog poop bags, sanitary wipes, plastic bottles, everywhere. Fortunately I met Mark from the Cedar River Watershed team (Seattle Public Utilities), and he’s aware, but they’re overwhelmed. And he was busy blocking off false trails where people are venturing off and getting stuck and injured, and then calling Search & Rescue. If anyone has ideas for coordinating some volunteer efforts to clean up the mountain (WTA?), bring the cavalry, and holler. I’m in.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy hike. I’ve done this one a couple times. It’s pretty heavily trafficked but it’s beautiful, especially during summer time!

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is overcrowded, making the hike much less enjoyable. Beautiful view at the top but not much to see along the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great moderate hike today with a gorgeous view. Pretty sad to see that some people have zero hiking etiquette where they 1) litter or 2) don’t pick up their dog poop and/or 3) don’t share the path. For the kind souls out there, bring a small trash bag so we can do our part in picking up the trash left behind by people whose personalities possibly match their actions.

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