Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

HARD 119 reviews

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2742 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

muddy

Take exit 27 from I-90 and head south to the parking lot and trail head.

hiking
3 months ago

The hike is a little strenuous, but definitely does not deserve the hard rating it is given. The views are pretty good from the main lookout points, but even early/late in the day there are such an unbelievable number of people it completely ruins it. The planned 'deforestation' near the summit is awful. They tore the place up terribly, and left it a real mess. The summit itself is still accessible, but through a graded logging road, and this steals the allure of it right away. You can however see Rainier pretty well from this higher logging road, but this is the best view you'll get because even the summit doesn't give you a clear view. If you're looking for a great hike close to the city, look past this one for lesser-trafficked routes. The upper section past all the lookouts is less crowded, but having to elbow your way past throngs of people on your way out (if you get in early to beat the rush) is no way to enjoy nature.

hiking
6 months ago

I really like this hike. Very quiet, peaceful, and go as far as you want. Do 2 miles to the first view, do 6 miles to an even better view, or do the whole 10 miles and soak in every bit of it.

trail running
7 months ago

Everything was open to East Peak but there are a few downed trees past the ridges. The first couple of miles can be crowded with trail-clogging tourists and families but the views on the cliffs are worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

2.5 stars. The final leg is still closed. Until that happens there is no payoff on this hike. It was challenging and great exercise with nothing to see. I will update the next time I return and I get to finish what is the point of the whole hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Good workout. Gain is my max as there are few places where the trail is flat. View at Grand Prospect. Logging has been going on around that area, so it's unclear if you can continue from there. Parts of the trail have overgrown vegetation, and since I don't know my poison ivy and oak from anything I tried to stay clear. You'll still get some sun, so load up on sunscreen.

backpacking
8 months ago

Awesome trail! Not as hard as it's made out to be, I went up in February and could not even finish the hike because the snow at the top was so bad and had destroyed the trail. But amazing during the summer

hiking
8 months ago

Very fun day hike with good variation of scenery. Good and steady ascent but very long so stay well hydrated.

8 months ago

Moderately difficult, good ups and downs, rewarding view

hiking
9 months ago

5/23/2017 (Tuesday) -- Sunny, cloudless, 72-76F in the woods, 80+F in city. Cool, not hot in the woody trail. Light traffic. Trail is in good condition. Mud and snow are gone. Downfalls are partly cleared. On the logging road as a detour, Mt Rainier is fully in sight.

trail running
9 months ago

Great route either starting from the west or east if you are smart about times to avoid the crowds. Trail is soft ground for the most part, well shaded, and great lookout stops along the way. Creek at about mile three (coming from the west) is flowing strong right now for any dog companion folks out there.

Note that as of 5/14 the trail is closed at Prospect Overlook due to timber industry work so cannot connect end to end at the moment. Check their website before attempting to cross through to see whether it has reopened. I ran this and still got a good ~8 mile out and back despite the closure.

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

It's very nice hiking trail where I used to go there often. I like it!

Friday, February 10, 2017

hiking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

1/20/17
It's really not a difficult hike, I think it should be rated as moderate, it's just long. There were lots of downed trees that caused some difficulty as they're not tall enough to go under not short enough to go over. The snow/ice is also so deep this time of year and it was like walking on eggshells trying not to sink. Twice I stepped just a little off the trail and ended up waist deep in snow! My dog wiped out a couple times running and one leg sinking, causing her to trip. Kind of fun, added an element of alertness for the both of us. Payout at the end isn't much, but we didn't see anyone the whole way up or down so the quiet was nice. I probably won't do this one again anytime soon though.

hiking
Monday, December 05, 2016

Hiked this trail today. It was really great to go from no-snow to real winter snow in a not-too-long distance, and nothing steep - did not need to wear spikes. Very enjoyable. Not crowded, but did not feel totally alone, which is re-assuring.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Hiked this the day after the "big" wind storm. We got about 1/4 mile past prospect and ran into a number of large trees uprooted and across the trail. Climbed over a few then decided to turn back. Only saw a handful of other people on the trail. It's a nice steady hike on a smooth trail.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

It was difficult enough but it is wayyy too crowded. I like to go to the woods to get away from people.

Friday, September 23, 2016

beautiful!
love the sound of creek.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Came back since I missed the summit last time. Unless you like seeing acres of twisted stumps and dead branches where the lumber industry has left its mark...or like radio towers...there really are MUCH better hikes along I-90.

hiking
Friday, September 09, 2016

Good hike. Went to east peak and turned around. Some awesome views when the fog started to burn off. There weren't many people on the way up and a bunch at the first look out and the rest of the way down. Part of the trail is new and it runs through where the logging project was. A nice log bench to sit on in the middle. If my uncle didn't want to stop and talk as much I would have pushed for the lake.

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