Rattlesnake Mountain Trail to East Peak is a 11.9 mile heavily 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, running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length11.9 miElevation gain2,975 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingSnowshoeingRunningDog friendlyForestLakeViewsMuddySnow
Description
Waypoints (0)
Facilities
Getting There

Large, well maintained parking lot and restrooms.

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

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (311)
Photos (556)
Activities (255)
Completed (1,227)
View user's profile page
Khushboo Matreja
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarApril 19, 2021
HikingIcySnow

Reached there by 8:30 and were the first few ones to arrive. Parking was not an issue with discovery pass. The first 3 miles were through the forest. Pretty standard and doable. The last 3 miles was a challenge with all the snow. It was up-to 2 ft deep snow at a lot of places but no spikes/poles needed. (Poles would have helped I feel) We hiked to east peak. (Or what we thought east peak was ;)) The climb each way was 6 miles with onward elevation gain of 2700 ft. and downward elevation gain of 300 ft. It took us 2 hrs 50 mins approx for the total hike. Caught some scenic points on route but not at the peak which was disappointing.

View user's profile page
Sarang Shamshery
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarApril 18, 2021
Hiking

Reached the trailhead at 8:15 am to find the main parking lot almost deserted (Olympic Pass needed) but plenty of vehicles outside. The trail is ~6 miles each way, with snow in last 3 miles. In the current weather, there are 3 main lookouts, one at ~2 mile mark, then at ~5 mile mark (awesome sun, greenery and look of Rainier) and a narrow non-lake facing view at the 6mile mark. Wouldn't hurt skipping the last one as the snow was 6 inches deep at certain parts. We were able to manage it without snow shoes/poles but it's not worth the view. Took 2h45m climbing up and 2h on way back, including light runs in non-snow bits. Would recommend going only once snow has eased up. Elevation doesn't hurt but the snow just slows you down. Lots of bikers on a sunny day in the trail. We returned around 1 pm and the parking lot was full.

View Sarang's activity
View user's profile page
John Brasseale
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 18, 2021
Hiking

There is currently quite a bit of snow and trudging for the last couple miles, but it's decently warm. Easy to lose the trail. View of Ranier is great on the way but not a ton of other view points. A lot of the trail was very soft and comfortable and was a pleasure to walk upon.

View John's activity
View user's profile page
Tim Burke
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 13, 2021
Hiking
View Tim's activity
View user's profile page
Jimmy Haitch
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 6, 2021
SnowshoeingBlowdownGreat!IcySnow

Snowy, used snowshoes just before i reached the first communications tower, to the peaks. Surprised at how nice the hike was. Seeing the lights on the way back was different. Parked outside the gate on the road so i didn't get locked in after dusk.

View Jimmy's activity
View user's profile page
Cameron Coe
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 28, 2021
Hiking

As of 2/28/2021: The first half is pretty standard Washington forests. Beautiful, but nothing special. The second half is where the snow begins to get deeper, microspikes help, but aren't required. At this time of the year, a lot of the snow is melting off of the trees, so it's like getting rain on constantly. The view is definitely worth it, but try to come when there's no fog, otherwise you'll end up like me and see nothing. The last 1.3 to East Peak gets bad. Snow is pretty deep, snowshoes are recommended. All the trees are covered in ice, which is also melting, so large chunks of ice frequently fall from the trees. The snow on the ground is also covered in a layer of fine ice shards. The trail disappears about a mile out from East Peak, so I had to turn back. Great trail, will be back in the summer.

View Cameron's activity
View user's profile page
Akash Sheth
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 27, 2021
Hiking
View Akash's activity
View user's profile page
Danielle Browne
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 17, 2021
Hiking

Lots of snow. Might need snowshoes past 4.5 miles but snow was melting on the way back.

View Danielle's activity
View user's profile page
David Stark
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 15, 2021
Snowshoeing

Some snow, very wet with the rain. We did not use spikes or snowshoes, but spikes may be needed if Temps get below freezing

View David's activity
View user's profile page
Hailie Pound
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 7, 2021
Camping

Pretty muddy and rainy, also didn’t make it to any peaks cause it started raining so much. But the trees were pretty going up!

View Hailie's activity
View user's profile page
Evan Mahnke
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 29, 2021
Hiking

Snow on the trail past Stan's Overlook. We didn't use traction and did just fine. Might've been a bit faster in spikes. Great views of Maple Valley and North Bend along the trail.

View Evan's activity
View user's profile page
Sanchit Batra
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 23, 2021
HikingGreat!

Excellent trail, excellent weather today. Some snow at the top but no need for microspikes, I did just fine in my regular hiking boots and some people were wearing trail runners. Extremely gradual incline, the hike is long but not exhausting. Stan's overlook has a beautiful view, East Peak is not where the alltrails map shows it to be. I'm still not sure if I managed to visit it, but oh well.

View Sanchit's activity
View user's profile page
Jake S
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 16, 2021
Hiking
View Jake 's activity
View user's profile page
Tim Burke
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 9, 2021
Hiking
View Tim's activity
View user's profile page
Rae Alty
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 4, 2021
Hiking

Lots of puddles and the trail itself was a bit of a waterfall, although not very muddy. No especially interesting terrain, lots of fallen trees due to recent wind storms. Couldn’t quite make it to the end because the snow has covered the trail.

View Rae's activity
View user's profile page
Jennifer Milan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 3, 2021
HikingMuddy

Only a short trek today to get out but the rain was pretty relentless with water running down the trail or slush in most areas. Usually love this trail for a good distance conditioner but today was not my day.

View Jennifer's activity
View user's profile page
Roscoe P. Coldchain
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 1, 2021
HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockySnow

Arrived at trailhead at 8:30am on Thursday 12/31/20 with about 15 cars in the lot. The trail has plenty of signage and was well maintained. There are numerous down trees along the trail but easy to navigate. You won’t really see any snow until about 4 miles into the trail & it was only about 6-8 inches deep at the peak. Encountered numerous people & pups and they were all very respectful and majority were wearing masks. It was raining for 11 of the 12 miles of the hike so our views weren’t great. This trail was absolutely amazing and a solid workout without dealing with too much snow.

View user's profile page
Nathan & Ashley Dame
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 31, 2020
HikingGreat!

Beautiful in everyway! Start early to beat the crowds. It was heavily trafficked on the weekend we went, but we started just at sunrise and missed almost all of them until the very end of the descent.

View user's profile page
Robert Tindell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 26, 2020
Hiking

It was well maintained. The timber sale activity is ugly, but I support forest management. The trail was good, ok views. Some blowdown, but it was small and easy to get around.

View Robert's activity
View user's profile page
Orville Rhine
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 23, 2020
Hiking

somehow I didn't start recording at the trailhead

View Orville 's activity
View user's profile page
Chuck Nordhoff
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 2, 2020
Hiking
View Chuck's activity
View user's profile page
Jake S
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 24, 2020
Hiking
View Jake 's activity
Showing results 1 - 22 of 311